If I were having coffee with you, my friend, I’d tell you my new neighbors. It was a nice surprise.
I remember the Golden-fronted Woodpeckers visited our backyard last summer, and really enjoyed our fruit tree. I’m not sure if these two woodpeckers excavate nest hole or work on a cavity trunk of the oak tree. And, I don’t know exactly when they situated themselves in our backyard neither. It was already March, when we noticed both were in and out of their nest hole. Luckily, one of our kitchen windows faces their nest hole, Hubby watches them with his binoculars and I take photos with my canon and 300 mm lens. They know we watch them, but don’t mind as long as we stay inside.
I think they picked a perfect spot. It is a pretty tall oak tree, their hole (home)is about 10 feet above the ground (the tree may go another 10 ft above them). The angle of the hole prevents of getting afternoon sun heat and rain, or north wind.
Before she flies outside, she sticks her head out of the hole slowly. See below:
When she is sure it’s safe to be out, she crawls out and stays up on the tree, look right, left, and back. If everything looks okay, she takes off quickly.
She does the same when she gets home, looks around, then slowly gets in…
Normally, she gets home before 6 pm, her mate flies back 20 minutes later. But last Thursday, he wasn’t on his regular schedule. She waited and waited at her nest hole, looked pretty worrisome:
If I were having coffee with you, my friend, I’d tell you, I stayed by the kitchen window watching and wondering, “What if her mate doesn’t come home? Something bad happened… ?”
He finally showed up, but it was almost one hour late. I was so relieved…
He went in, but a couple minutes later he showed up at the nest hole, didn’t look happy at all. I wished I could tell him how worried his mate was…
I wonder if we are going to see the young ones soon.
Here is the photo I took from our kitchen window last summer: