Sunday, April 06, 2008

The (Hairy Little) Woodpecker

This tiny male hairy woodpecker (above) and female (below) are the smallest I have seen. They "look young," as if they are youngsters. But it was still snowing this weekend, so I don't know how they could be juvenile birds. The female was resting with her belly on the branch and her chin on another branch. When the male came, she chased him up and down the tree until he flew off.
The Woodpecker
by Emily Dickinson

His bill an auger is,
His head, a cap and frill.
He laboreth at every tree, —
A worm his utmost goal.

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