So we have had ducks, deer, quail, and recently a bear move in and hang around our site over the summer and all of them, with the exception of the bear, where welcomed roommates but they have all moved on. Well we are pretty sure the bear has moved on but that remains to be seen.
A couple of weeks ago we even had a Great Horned Owl hang out around our site. Of course there is no way to prove it but we are convinced the owl is Furb who was born in the park three years ago 🙂
A few days ago we welcomed a new roommate, a Pileated Woodpecker.
I believe, from my search of Google, that this is a female as the stripe on her face is white, males have a red stripe.
The Pileated Woodpecker is very large, around the size of a crow and is the largest woodpecker in Canada. I read that it is thought that the Pileated Woodpecker is the inspiration for Woody Woodpecker and I can see the resemblance 🙂 They are forest birds that require large, standing dead trees and downed wood, which makes it interesting that she is hanging around our site as there is none of that around. They are sparsely populated in Canada and I’m wondering if this one was forced into our area because of the forest fires surrounding us.
Our new roommate has been very polite and hasn’t been making any annoying pecking noises which is nice for us as they are known for their drumming which sounds like construction machinery and can be heard up to a kilometre away. Pileated Woodpeckers drill distinctive rectangular-shaped holes in rotten wood to get at carpenter ants and other insects, and I’m thinking she hasn’t been making noise because the only trees around here are alive and probably not rich in insects. I sure hope she is getting enough to eat because I have enjoyed having her around and if she stays much longer we will have to give her a name.
Until next time …