Posted by: atowhee | February 25, 2014


There are certain political elements in the U.S. that may think they’ve originated “drill, baby drill.” But serious research (which these self-same elements do not believe in) would show that the phrase first originated by observers around a sapsucker’s tree. These group of specialized American woodpeckers can make parallel lines of sap wells through the outer bark of any soft-barked tree, native or exotic.
Today a birder called me to report a sapsucker was assiduously drilling her decorative spruce.
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We humans arrogantly assume we have the best brain of any creature on earth. As we finally use that brain to truly try to understand our fellow creature,s we now find many who make tools, even more species that communicate sophisticated messages and have social organization. It may even be that herds and flocks resort to what we would know as politics. Now it is clearer than ever than our fellow creatures share many of our emotional ups and downs. They simply don’t speak a language we understand. I would posit that woodpeckers may have an even more remarkable brain than we humans. Think about banging your head against a tree or metal flashing and then being able to go about your daily routine.
s the first Flicker drumming of the season in our neighborhood. Male Flicker enjoying the rhythm found in the metal flashing of a chimney. Another Flicker, not far off, was calling.
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