1 Day 1 World Project: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Woodpecker Ninjas
When I was out walking in the woods today, I heard a lot of birds scolding and squawking. In the past, following the fuss has led me to sightings of snakes, hawks, and owls, so I went to check it out.
I was surprised to see six red-headed woodpeckers creating the noise. They were flying at each other and chasing each other around the trunk of a dead pine tree.
Every now and then everything would calm down – then one would go to the very top of the tree and start drumming, and someone would come flying at him, and the whole thing would start again.
I have seen red-headed woodpeckers here, but usually just once or twice a year, not nearly as often as I see red-bellied woodpeckers or even pileateds. And I usually see just one or two. I don’t know why these were chasing each other, but it was all they cared about – I took pictures for over an hour and they never seemed to notice me.
I love the stark look of the dead pine tree in these pictures – it made me think of the Old West, with the woodpeckers as gunslingers defending their one-horse town.
Incidentally, I have already missed a week of 1 Day 1 World – I didn’t read the instructions carefully enough! There is only one week assigned to each hour of the day, not two. So I missed the 1 pm to 2 pm hour. For me, that doesn’t matter so much – my day is not highly scheduled. But I hope to participate for the rest of the project. If you would like to participate too, here’s where you can find out more!