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“Yikes!” This guy was caught red-handed – well, maybe more like red-headed – vandalizing the maple tree. Just look at the holes he’s put into the bark! I guess they make great toeholds for him.

Who would think there is something inside that bark that makes it so enticing for him?

“Hold on,” he says. “I think I can hear something wiggling around in there.”

“Mmyeahhhh … worth having a poke around.”

“There he is! I can feel him in there. Tasty little morsel … if I can only get him out of there. I’ll follow it up with a slurp of syrup from the sap.”

“Yum! That was good, but what a lot of work for a snack. Gotta take a breather for a sec.”

“What’s that you say?” He’s shocked that I’ve questioned him. “Holes in the bark? So what? There’s tons of them. What’s one more?”

“But don’t you see that if you keep going around in a circle you’ll soon ring the tree?”


“Well, the sap has to go up and down the tree to keep it alive.”

“But I’m a sapsucker. Duh! It’s what I do!”

“I don’t know how much more of this I can take. I held so still for her when I saw she had her camera.Β  But enough is enough.”

“I’ll pose for this one last picture and then I’m off. I can always come back later, when her arm gets tired, or her eyes hurt from squinting against the sun, or – hee hee – when her battery dies. All that zooming really eats batteries.Β 

Now. Where was I? Oh yes, continuing on this line of holes my buddies and I were working on last week.”

Author: wordsfromanneli

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31 thoughts on “Redheads

  1. cute interpretation and great pictures.

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  2. Great photos and loved the inner thoughts of the redheaded bird.:)

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  3. Very patient for a woodpecker!

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  4. Fantastic photos! What fun to get inside the bird’s head. πŸ™‚

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  5. What a beauty! And such great photos! πŸ™‚

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  6. Great pictures Anneli and that was a nice little conversation that the bird was having , with us readers..

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  7. Your resident woodpecker seems to have taken a liking to you, what with the posing and the conversation. Amazing, Anneli!

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  8. Wow, dat’s a lotta holes. πŸ˜‰ You can play connect-the-dots. That header photo is award winning. Just gorgeous.

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  9. I love your captions. He sure is busy making holes! I imagine the tree is used to it. πŸ™‚

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  10. Outstanding photos. Love the β€œstory”! πŸ™‚

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  11. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    LOVE IT!

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  12. You are an artist in many ways. Those pictures are outstanding!

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