John’s home!
Friday May 07th 2010, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Wildlife

For Mother’s Day weekend. Best kind of present there could possibly be is, simply, presence.  Actually, he’s back out the door with his sister and their friends, but I’ll happily take every moment I can get and I’ll even share, too.

Meantime,  Jocelyn has a bird in her yard doing karaoke at all hours, defying her personal noise ordinance.  And boy does that bring back memories.

This is a corner of the back yard I grew up with in Maryland. One year, a woodpecker having too much fun with the wood siding discovered the second floor of the house to be high, safe, and warm, and pecked out a hole big enough to raise her family in. Insulation! Ooh, soft! Bonus points!

That nest was between the plasterboard and the outside wall and right at the head of my sister’s bed.  Till the babies fledged, there was not a thing anyone could do but wait for the day there weren’t little chirping hungry woodpeckers at the crack of dawn. (While hoping for no obnoxious cracks from teenage birds getting plaster’d.)

Mom and Dad eventually–they waited till they were really, really sure those birds were gone–got a tall ladder and plugged up that hole, hoping Momma Bird would get the message.  Woods, see? Tall trees, that way, go!

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There’s a woodpecker doing that right now.

I thought it was the alarm clock, but it wouldn’t turn off….

Happy Mother’s Day!

Comment by Liz U 05.08.10 @ 4:19 am

That woodpecker was lucky she picked a kind family. Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend!

Comment by Channon 05.08.10 @ 6:10 am

Enjoy your time with John! Woodpeckers are so beautiful but they do give me a headache when I hear them. It’s amazing that they don’t get brain damage like “shaking baby syndrome”.

Comment by Joansie 05.08.10 @ 8:43 am

Woodpeckers can be a literal headache with all that racket. Then there’s my cockatiel Pepper, who has decided she likes shoes — my shoes. She chews on them, which, to put it mildly, is annoying.

Fun, then –

A young American tourist goes on a guided tour of a creepy old castle in England. Afterward the guide asks, “How did you like it?”
“Great,” says the little girl, “but I was afraid I was going to see a ghost in some of those dark passageways.”
“No need to worry,” says the guide, “I’ve never seen a ghost in the whole time I’ve been here.”
“How long is that?, she asks.
“Oh, about 300 years.”

Comment by Don Meyer 05.08.10 @ 10:21 am

Happy Mother’s Day to you, too!!!

Comment by karin maag-tanchak 05.08.10 @ 2:16 pm

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