Thursday, February 27, 2014

Finding a Bird House

 We were bringing a load of wood up to the house. Farmer Fred was doing most of the work, of course. Butler was watching and well, I had my camera.
 I noticed a couple of chunks that looked hollow.
 On the other side of this piece of firewood there were two woodpecker holes.
There are at least three varieties of woodpeckers in GriggsDakota. We hear the diligent pecking of woodpeckers from the shelter belts and see them at the bird feeders.
 There was a hold through the log. You can see the toe of my boot on the floor.
The tree had been hollowed out by the birds. The had been a bird house at one time, although its usefulness has now been reduced to firewood.
 It is amazing to me that birds survive our Winters.
 Chickadees also live and nest in holes of trees.
Blue jays burrow into hay and straw piles. Other birds seem always to be around. It has been so cold for so long that I can't imagine how they keep from freezing. Birds judge the season by length of day and our days are getting longer. The sun is much stronger. 
But the cold carries on in GriggsDakota.

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