1. Reginald Selkirk says

    Perhaps they are not interested in the birdhouse, but in the knothole at the center of the photo.

  2. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin points out that looks like a wooden birdhut. And those are woodpeckers. They are, she observes, fully capable of carrying out renovations. She also offers her own renovation services, but I advise the woodpeckers to think rather carefully about inquiring, much less accepting; unless, that is, they like living in a glow-in-the-dark barren tortured landscape (think Mordor (Orcs optional), probably does not contain nuts (or insects or grubs, for that matter, but does have extra-large spiders and sometimes tasty hobbits, with occasional Eagles)).

  3. Tethys says

    Tarzan movies often feature the unique call of pileated woodpeckers. They do sound a bit like monkeys.

    I would guess that bird is listening for any borer or beetle larva in the dead wood. It’s a bit early to start looking for nesting sites, but that knothole would appeal to many cavity nesters.

  4. Numenaster, whose eyes are up here says

    The kookaburras are amazing. I could swear the one on the right was circular breathing. Also the voiceover makes me smile.

  5. stroppy says

    Me too. I didn’t realize they were quite so loud and persistent until I saw the video.


    Where I used to live in the east, piliated woodpeckers were a rare and charismatic sight.

    We have a smaller and more common variety of woodpecker where I am now. I used to find them amusing to have around until they started drilling holes in my house.