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woodpeckers and covered bridges

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'Hairy Woodpecker'

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Woodpeckers are common in our area.  Both Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers visit our feeders in winter.  Pileated Woodpeckers hammer on our trees in summer, their flaming heads a blur as they excavate dead trees for insects.

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'Pileated Woodpecker'

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Woodpeckers don’t confine their tapping to dead trees.  I have seen them pounding on telephone poles, metal roof flashing and even the shingles on the side of our house.

Lately, as a result of a project I am planning, I have been thinking about covered bridges and their use as wild life habitat.  So, a question …

Do woodpeckers excavate the wood of covered bridges for food?

Last week, we visited three covered bridges in Sunbury County in New Brunswick and, in two of them, we found the answer …

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woodpecker holes in the soffit at the gable end of the Smyth Covered Bridge near Mill Settlement, Sunbury County (April 2015)

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old woodpecker excavations on the face of the Bell Covered Bridge near Juvenile Settlement, Sunbury County (April 2015).

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woodpecker holes inside the Bell Covered Bridge (April 2015)

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I would love to be in a covered bridge when a woodpecker comes to play his staccato song.

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Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

 

Written by jane tims

April 24, 2015 at 7:04 am

in the shelter of the covered bridge – drip line

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clear and amber water of the South Oromocto River

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Drip line

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slices river into upstream

and down, opaque and transparent,

dead calm and riffle, dark and light.

As water and air are cut

by meniscus, erratic in rain,

as her voice slips past present tense,

concentric rings expand.  Three trout

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and gravels, perpendicular

rocks, embedded in amber.  Rain

disconnects today from yesterday,

slips from the roof of the covered

bridge, slides from edge, corrugated

steel, sheet of rain, crosses river

linear, liminal, shore to shore.

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Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

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Bell Bridge, South Branch Oromocto River

Bell Bridge, South Branch Oromocto River

 

Written by jane tims

April 8, 2015 at 7:24 am

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