I've been seeing tons of woodpeckers in my trees and yard this spring. So far I think I've seen three different types, but I haven't had a chance to look them all up yet. They're surprisingly tame and come very close when I'm working outside, but this guy was the most surprising so far. I noticed him from another window - the large window in the background - where I saw him clinging to this window screen. After watching him a few minutes I thought I'd take a closer look and see if I could check him out from the other side of the window that he was clinging to, but I figured he would probably fly away when he saw me.
He didn't. I watched him for a few minutes and he just sat there - then I realized why. My daughter was in that room playing her electric bass guitar, and she had it turned up pretty loud. So loud, that it made the room and windows vibrate. And that's what attracted this young woodpecker - the vibrations!
It turned out that woodpeckers have an amazing sense of hearing and they often find their food (mostly insects & larvae from trees and from inside cracks and pieces of bark on trees) from the sounds and vibrations that the insects make. Ha! So this guy was most likely attracted to my house by the vibrations of my daughter's guitar playing. I actually made a video of him sitting here on the window screen listening to her play - and you can hear her playing in the background - and once I get it up on my YouTube channel I will add the video to this blog post.
I hope you have a great week
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