Monday, June 13, 2011

Under attack!

Our power pole is in trouble...  from woodpeckers...  The downies and the red-bellies both take turns tap-tap-tapping at the top... 


43 comments:

Robin said...

T, looks like they are going to tap you right out of your lights!

Sylvia K said...

Great shots! He looks really serious!!

Sylvia

Buttons said...

Oh that can't be good. B

Furry Bottoms said...

Gimmie your camera. I want it. ;-)

Zondra Art said...

Cute bird!

Millie said...

That can't be good.

Snappy Di said...

Wondered why our power flickered a bit ago. Musta been one of these guys! We have lots of peckers in our neighborhood too.

Di

pattisjarrett said...

Cute little downy. :)

Adam Tilt said...

Better get the candles ready!

Woody said...

Yikes! That look expensive :-(

wayside wanderer said...

Oh my, and in this heat, too. Silly birds should find a nice shade tree to enjoy. At least it isn't your house!

Farm Girl said...

Well at least it is at the top and not the bottom. :) Nice shot that has to be high up, right?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

There must be something in that wood that attracts them.

Ms. Becky said...

there must be some really yummy stuff in there. he's pretty cute.

Angela said...

That is funny! You caught them in the act! They are guilty as charged! If your electric company is like mine they won't do anything until they have to. I had a pole that was half in the creek from erosion. They just tied a rope to it and tied the other end around a big tree! lol After a year I started calling again to get them to move the pole. The girl on the phone said we wouldn't tie a rope to a pole and a tree. I said yes they did! They were out in a week and moved the pole. Good thing I got there when I did because they were just going to move it 3 feet in. They can be so stupid can't they!

Have a Great Day!
Angela

ps get your candles, generator and things ready. A good strong wind could blow that top off!

Jill said...

I have to repeat a line I used here previously...in the last photo I am sure I hear him saying "You lookin' at me?" Great shots!

Marissa ♥ said...

Wow! They are determined, aren't they? :) Get some candles and flashlights ready, they may peck right through the pole!

The Village Queen said...

That wood looks a little fragil! Maybe the power co will put up a new metal pole for the wires and leave the old wood one for the birds. But I doubt they will be that win win... Love downys.

Ruta said...

Uh oh!
Great shots though...

EG Wow said...

Hmmm. It's not the woodpecker that's doing the post in so much as the bugs in the wood. Woodpeckers are not interested in healthy wood. :)

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots! You caught him in the act!

mountain mama said...

wow...he is pretty intent. i've always been fasinated with woodpeckers. i'm nean...wouldn't all that pecking cause one to have a headache? =)

have a great week!

*Honest Abe said...

That must be one old pole. They are soaked in something down here. I have never seen any of the woodpeckers pecking on the poles.

Flora said...

I can just hear him...and see his head going! We haven't seen any woodpeckers around our area for a couple weeks now.

Sandra said...

if that wood pecker leans a little to far back he may be in trouble. hope you dont lose your power and AC YIKES

Montanagirl said...

They've been pretty busy!

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

What a bratt. And he is looking at you (!) on that last picture.

I hope they don't cause an accident for you guys.
xxxxx

Gone Country said...

Our woodies keep pecking at the two trees that flank our front stairs. I hope they're finding bugs in there that could possibly kill our trees!

Larry Ostby said...

Yikes! Hold on to your light switch, those tappers are going to put you in the dark. Great shots TWG.

Martha Z said...

Oh my, they can be a real problem, weakening the wood until there is nothing for the eye-bolt to hold onto.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I think the pole must have ants or some other bugs in it, or the woodies wouldn't be interested. I would call your power company to check it out. :)

Texan said...

Electric company replaced our poles about 2 years ago for this very reason.

I found one of those wood peckers with red on it in my flower bed one day after I heard yet another loud THUD..our house is all rock and I think they think they are flying into a cave when they fly at the windows. Birds are constantly cold cocking themselves on our windows.. sighhh.. some have not made it .. Some get up and move on after a bit.. The wood pecker did :O)

Life Ramblings said...

woodpeckers are beautiful but they can be quite annoying and destructive at times.

Paula said...

Goodness! You would think those poles wouldn't taste so good!

SquirrelQueen said...

At least that pole doesn't have the weight of a transformer on top, it might last a bit longer. Those guys have done quite a number on the wood.

Deb said...

awesome photos girl....

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I really love woodpeckers, but the darn things we noticed are pecking at our barn--Silly birds!

Rose said...

It looks like they have been really busy!

Allison said...

I can't imagine such big holes! That would would make beautiful candle stands, though. If they ever change out the post, remember to keep a bit for yourself!

Clint said...

They are obviously findin' food in the nooks and crannies of the pole...

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, Knowing how much I love the woodpeckers, I can plainly see that they do cause damage when they decide to drill into structures and power poles. That male Downy is quite the handsome fellow in spite of his destructive ways! Have a super nice day today!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

fantastic shots and combination!

betty xx

DeniseinVA said...

Beautifully captured. Mr. and Mrs. Clinger are a cute couple.

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