Woodpeckers, especially sapsuckers love the old wood forest in Breadalbane. During our recent visit, we heard many bird calls, but the dominant bird sound was the tapping of woodpeckers.
My husband and I stopped numerous times to look, trying to pinpoint the source of the tapping. On one occasion, there was activity inside a huge woodpecker hole and we waited, but to no avail. The bird was too busy to exit.
This old trunk, with its row of holes, was evidence of a yellow bellied sapsucker.
I finally saw a yellow bellied sapsucker.
He landed on a piece of plywood which was attached to a tree near one of the trail entries.
He drilled at that sign, flew away and came back several times while I watched. I could imagine what he hoped to find in the old piece of plywood but how long would he continue without success?
Later, I discovered that drilling on such structures by woodpeckers can be a way to mark territory. The sign was perfect for the bird's purposes as well.
The more I observe and study birds, the more amazed I am by their intelligence and instincts.