Those of you who thought my little guy was a downy woodpecker--you were
At first I was not sure it was a nest they were building in the wood siding
(or whatever you call it) on my house, because the drumming only happens
intermittently. It would stop for as much as a week before resuming.
Then I began reading about the mating and nesting habits of these neat
little creatures. It seems the drumming is done to attract a mate, who then
drums back. After doing little dances and stuff, the couple mates and the
male commences to build a nest by making a hole just like the one in the
side of my house in a tree. Or apparently a house. :)
What is really cute, is I have seen the couple playing together. And
sometimes after a morning of steady drumming, I see the female join the
male, and little peeps
come from the hole, like she is commenting on his handiwork. The babies will
come in the early spring. Apparently these birds have a long winter
I am leaving them alone, and will get with the local wildlife people later
on. I will probably decide to plug the hole and attach a house to the spot.
Otherwise, they might just keep making new holes.
They are really fun to watch.