It isn’t easy to feed a family these days, no matter what your species.
If you live in a neighborhood with few snags (do you want a dead tree looming over your home?) and you are a cavity-nester, you make do.
The pair of Acorn Woodpeckers that I have been observing near my daughter’s house are sharing a hollowed-out utility pole with a family of Starlings. They are a perfect example of getting along with the neighbors. You can hear the babies wailing from the pavement some distance away.
There was quite a ruckus inside the pole a couple of days ago as last-minute preparations were made. Lots of hammering. Then both sets of parents flew back and forth at both ends of the day, keeping the kids fed. Whew! I’m tired just watching them.
But they’re not the only birds in the neighborhood.
The male Oriole showed up again nearby to catch some rays before the sun set. The next day, it all began again. I love Spring!