Thursday, March 31, 2011

House Builder or Not

Hi Everyone, It has been so busy around here, my Dad's house has sold and we have until mid April to have the house completely cleaned out. The push is on and I have been there everyday this week taking trips to the dump, Goodwill or the Recycle Depot. But today I took a break and played on the computer using some new pictures I took of the Pileated Woodpecker drilling hugh holes in one of the Eastern White Pine trees (Pinus strobus) in the backyard. I think she started out making a nesting hole, but the tree is not healthy and I think she has found a goldmine of lavre to eat. Be prepared she has not been nice to the tree.

It looks to be an average hole in a tree.

And the criminal, A Pileated Woodpecker.

The hole is deep enough her head and shoulders disappear into the tree.
She has been at this tree for three days, starting with this hole,
 but has now moved to the other side and above this hole.

I was getting so concerned I could not watch anymore and came to play
on the computer. I found these wonderful templates on my new Mac,
 under the e-mail section, and sent
out an e-mail to a friend.

This is my favourite, a post card setting.

Thank you for visiting today,
Take care!!


Pondside said...

I love that template too - but don't have a Mac, so I guess I'll have to search around.
The woodpeckers have done a lot of damage to one of our birch trees and it will have to come down this summer.

Alison said...

What a beautiful bird! They are very big too, which gives some idea of how big that hole is.

Love the email template too.

Carol at Serendipity said...


Love the template! Where on the Mac did you find it? I am having a hard time with the transition to the Mac. I never know what pictures I am going to use until I write and then they often need to be cropped which means I am going back and forth between programs.

Love your pictures and glad you could take a break.


Heather at Dusty Bay said...

Oh that template is darling! Great photos too of your "friend"!

Piecefulafternoon said...

Wow - great pictures. I love the postcard view.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

You have been a busy lady then.It is a rough time too.
Those woodpecker can really riddle a tree in no time at all. I have some working in the woods behind the house too. In a few years the first big wind storm and the trees will be coming down.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

You got some terrific pictures of the woodpecker. V

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Jen
I remember a friend saying these woodpeckers started on a tree in her yard and in no time had the thing in pieces on the ground because it had rotted inside.
Great photos and I like the template you found. Have fun playing.

Rettabug said...

Really cool photos, Jen!! Love the postcard idea.

I would gladly send you a pattern for the mug mats/rugs but there really isn't one! However, Donna @ Brynwood Needleworks did do a tutorial that is very nice.

You can do them any way you want, though!! They're just mini-rectangle quilts.

Here is another link to a Mug Rug Swap:

There are several others. Just google!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Wow she really had gotten to work on that tree. We rarely have those in our yard and luckily so far they've only looked for apples on the apple tree.
I love that template too, I always forget to use them.

quiltmom said...

What amazing photos of the woodpecker and what a cool layout for them. I don't think PC has anything like that.
Good luck with your cleaning out of the house. You will be glad when it is all done. My mother and her sister spent many weeks cleaning out my grandmother's house after she was gone. She lived in the same farmhouse for 67 years- a whole lifetime of memories and things to pack and get rid of. It was a complicated process of going through all those memories.
Thanks for dropping by the blog- I have added some more bits to the bottom of dad's quilt and decided to applique the squares in instead of trying to set them in- it was just getting too complicated. I am making slow progress on it but I am making a bit of progress.

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I love those pictures and glad you have a nice distraction from the work you are doing. We have woodpeckers every year in our backyard. However, our trees are so high that it is impssible to get a really good view of them.

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Great photos! My sister takes lots of bird photos and they're so interesting. So neat to see the hole she made. Good luck on the work at your dad's house.

Sheila said...

Your pictures are amazing and I like the postcard setting you've used. I don't think that's available on my older Mac but I often use the stationary emails to send Birthday Greetings or just a picture or two. Good luck with all the work you are doing now with your Dad's house. I know it can be very tough emotionally.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Jen,
I love watching the birds too! What a great shot you got of this fellow! I find bird watching so relaxing. Thanks for stopping by. It's always lovely to hear from you.


Becca said...

Oh look at that wood pecker! I LOVE that you showed us that! This stuff is so foreign to me, yet beautiful! I have a Mac, but do you need the newest one to get that template? I will have to check this out. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Stephanie said...

Great blog...and photos!I really liked the phots and the comments about them. So if I try to find a cool bird, I can either check this blog or google canada:)

Sarah Knight said...

Interesting... there must be some good eats in that tree
: )

Kim and Victoria said...

Great photo of that woodpecker!
Love your blog, and your header is just lovely.