There are some truly weird feathered critters living in the woods around my cottage. Strange variants of normal birds that make me scratch my head and say “What the heck…?”
Downy woodpeckers usually bang away at trees looking for insects to munch on. This variant took a strange liking to an empty can; lid removed, and inverted on top of a fence post. Haven’t a clue why the can is there. Early every morning, this bird bangs away at the open edge of the can. The resulting racket is heard for miles over the lake and through the woods and deep inside my sleepy head. GRR!
Pileated woodpeckers also favour insects burrowed into wood as their normal diet. But this one dude finds a flat metal plate on the hydro pole out back. He bangs on the edge of this plate creating another almighty racket. Then the dude cocks his head, listens and laughs. Honestly, I’m glad somebody’s having a good time.
My husband has a red baseball cap with a small Canadian flag stitched on the back. This intrepid creature assumed the red maple leaf was the throat of a white flower and, you guessed it, pecked my husband’s head. Fortunately, it was a tiny little ruby-throated hummingbird and not a big plate-pecker with a heavy-duty beak that went after him. Would that make him a pate-pecker?
What bizarre creatures have you seen around you?
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