What on earth???, you may wonder, if you're not familiar with such a sight as this...
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and why???you may ask, for these holes in the trees are deep.
Why?, a hole in a tree of this size and leaving behind such a pile of sawdust? ~ what is going on here?
It sure wasn't this little fella, our friend Hairy! nor~
Downy, or have I mixed their names up? Mel will know.
a fella near this size, sure could create some havoc to a tree.
The Pileated Woodpecker can saw some pretty deep holes in the trees in search of succulent worms and wood-boring insects.
It doesn't take long, and the insects lay their eggs and the circle begins, continues, and ends finally, when the tree dies. That's when the woodpeckers do their part, by going after a meal of grubs until a pile of sawdust lays at the base of the trees.
You will know a pileated woodpecker is in the area. You will most likely ' hear ' him long before you see him. Watch for him, for, you will not believe how large they are. ( the one you see in the tree by my garden, is a wooden one my Dad made many yrs. ago, but the real thing is about half that size, none the less, BIG. )
We now know that the triple spruce trees at the end of our driveway will have to come down. The insects and the Pileated have done their job and the sawdust pile and the holes in the first 2 pictures are from those particular trees. So goes the cycle of life of three more trees. Nothing is totally lost, for the trees will either become firewood, compost or lumber....waste not~
So it goes up here where the wind blows cold tonight, so
as I warm my feet with wood heat,
I feel fortune has fallen once again. It's the little things that
Warm My Soul