One minute I’m in a peaceful forest and in the next an enthusiastic woodpecker takes over. The sounds seem to come from everywhere.
I am thrilled to get distracted from chasing chickadees with ADD. This is a larger, more significant bird with real capability. There could be lessons to learn.
I am fascinated to watch the woodpecker use the force from its entire body to slam that beak deep into a tree branch. This hammer-drill approach that gets an important result – lunch. Good strategy.
It is also quick. In an instant it is on another branch, a few beak blows later it is on another tree.
Before long it is back to the original tree – I begin to see more madness than method. Perhaps all that brain-rattling activity damaged the woodpecker’s ability to focus.
Despite any pretence of a plan, the woodpecker quickly finds new locations to hammer away. In just a few minutes, it leaves behind a myriad of unfilled tree holes and a dizzy photographer.
Along the way, the woodpecker found fuzzy yellow morsels that didn’t look particularly appetizing but quickly went down the hatch. Protein!
I was impressed with the solid work ethic that kept the woodpecker in food. Who needs a good plan if you’re well fed.
What’s the moral of the story? Make noise, plan less and eat lots – sounds like the beginnings of a solid list of New Year’s resolutions. But then who needs a list?