Just to keep up with the woodpecker saga, he is still here and seems a bit better. He is something to watch and I do watch way too much. That's what happens if you're retired! Yesterday (Monday) he showed me how he is getting around from tree to tree. He climbs way to the top of one, then throws himself out and into the air - drifting/gliding over to another. So far he seems to stay in the fenced part of the yard. He has been eating in the trees and looks OK. Its been really windy for three days now. He continues to get blown about, but doesn't seem any worse for wear. Today I also saw signs of improvement, when another woodpecker came from around the tree to eat suet. "Woody" got real upset and very aggressive, taking off up the tree after the smaller bird. I have prayed that God will keep him safe until he recovers. Never hurts to say a little prayer. HE has done a good job with my request.
Today in the rain (bottom) ... Yesterday (Sat.) I took pics of this magnificent Woodpecker. Only until today did I realise he is injured. I saw him again today and thought 'how strange' he was taking cover under the suet hanger during a hard rain. Later this afternoon I saw him on the ground with another male dive bombing him. He was picking up large nuts and trying to crack them on the ground. He had no luck, as he was unstable on his feet. I watched him for a long time, last seeing him with a large nut in his beak - climbing to the very top of a tree. He just sat in the highest branch and kind of clung to the nut with his beak against his breast. Then I got the pictures on the puter and realised he had a feather out of whack on the back of his left wing. When he was taking cover in the rain, I said to hubby how 'strange it was how his feathers were flapping in the wind'. He just was hanging on for dear life. I haven't seen him now in over an hour and believe me - I've looked. I feel so bad for him. I have a neighbor who has four cats and they are always in my yard! Wish everyone would keep their cats in the house. I have always had cats and never let them loose.
At the very least (I keep telling myself), he can climb. I wish I could get him but I know this is impossible. Poor bird ... maybe he'll hang around until tomorrow and he can eat suet and seeds and have water. Tomorrow I'll go to 'Birds Unlimited" and get other food stuff just for him. God - I feel bad for this little guy.
On Wednesday, Hubby told me he'd seen a hummer looking inside the office window at him. On Thursday I saw the first one at the feeder. Today there are several around. I was just outside sitting on the back steps, when one flew right up to me and took a good look - then flew off over the fence and into the woods. I love these tiny little birds. They are so territorial too. They may be little in size but they think with a BIG character!
April 15, 2009 11:35 EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union has asked public school officials in Tennessee to stop blocking students' access to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Web sites on school computers.The organization said in a release Wednesday said as many as 80 percent of public school districts, including Knox County and Metro Nashville schools, may be restricting access to non-sexual sites that offer educational and political information about issues such as gay marriage or groups such as the Human Rights Campaign.The letter asks the districts and schools who use filtering software provided by Education Networks of America to stop blocking sites designated as "LGBT" or the ACLU will file a lawsuit.Tennessee state law only requires schools to use filtering software to restrict information that is obscene or harmful to minors.
Here in middle Tn. today, we have had terrible tornadoes. The first picture is the sky from my home, until the local weather showed us two tornadoes heading toward us and fast. The second picture is the bathroom where we had set up for the possibility of needing to take cover and sure enough ~ we did end up in there. Me, my hubby and the dog. We covered ourselves with the bedspread and pillows and waited. Praying we wouldn't hear the telltale sounds of a train. We didn't, but as you can see there are many souls who weren't so lucky today. A couple of the pictures I took from the TV. There is total distruction in some areas and a new mother and her 7wk. old baby girl were killed. They are still in recovery stage, and I hope no one else was killed. By the pictures on our TV ~ We all need to pray.