This morning I had the privilege of watching a big pileated woodpecker hack away at the old cedar stump in the front yard, chips flying everywhere, with frequent pauses to savor some tasty morsel that it had found. I’ve never seen a bird express such obvious enjoyment of its meal! Almost immediately the local crows decided it should not be in their territory, never mind the fact that they had no interest in the stump as a food source. The crows cawed and dive-bombed the woodpecker, and at one point a crow landed on the stump and engaged in beak-to-beak combat with the woodpecker. The woodpecker stood its ground, and the crow flew off to a nearby tree, watching the woodpecker. Gradually a whole crowd of crows gathered around, and at that point the woodpecker flew off into a tree where I think it has a nest.
With this first–hand nature observation and deletion of some spam comments from this blog, my summer break from the university begins. No more classes or meetings until mid-August! What a wonderful opportunity to work on perfume and other non-academic pursuits!
To kick things off, today is another random drawing sample giveaway – the winner will receive at least 100 g of perfume samples along with a small bottle of a celebrity perfume and some other miscellaneous items.
[Pileated woodpecker photos are mine]