If you ever wondered how some critters make it on to the official Endangered Species List... well, I guess this goes a ways to explain it! There must be well over a thousand trees within fifty yards of this busy bird and surely half of them have more insect life than this treated power relay pole? Our intelligence-challenged friend here has been pecking away at this pole on and off all week.
In the meantime, his mate has been equally busy in a big old birch behind Cabin 4; so far she's got three and a half nesting holes made and she's spent the week pecking away inside the tree. We need a "Pileated Pod" or something to film the life cycle of our family of pileated woodpeckers, don't we?
Our loon has been busy today greeting our guests and escorting them across the bay towards their portages. Nice to have loons calling again!