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A Different Drum


I’d been reading a book in my living room. The sun shone in through the window and I dozed off with its warmth on the back of my neck.

I woke to the sound of someone dragging a big metal appliance across the concrete outside the downstairs family room. Emma barked like crazy to tell me that someone was burgling the house.

I ran out onto the deck to see what was going on. I saw nothing, but I heard the noise again. Strange!

The metallic rattling came again and I looked up towards the sound.

A flicker was sitting on the top of the new flue to the gas fireplace.


Just listen to his drumming!

Author: wordsfromanneli

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25 thoughts on “A Different Drum

  1. This is so funny, Anneli! Such a beautiful bird too. I also have a metal cover over the top of my chimney and occasionally a bird or birds land on it, I can hear them in my living room as I sit near the fireplace. This bird sounds a little like a jackhammer breaking up concrete. ❤️😂

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  2. That is really loud, Anneli! Any way to retrain him?

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  3. Lol! I love it! I’d let him make noise…unless it was the middle of the night.😉

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  4. This bird is making loud sound ..Ha! My doggie chase this bird away.

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  5. Thanks for sharing that video – what a sound! I think it will stop once he’s found a mate. And that amazingly blue sky! Gorgeous.

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  6. How woodpeckers like to be noisy! The louder, the better to claim their territory. Great shots, Anneli!

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  7. What a noisemaker. That cracked me up, Anneli. Thanks for the smile!

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  8. What an interesting sound! Bird sounds are fascinating.

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  9. Fun video, thanks for sharing. Maybe he finds a mate and then they can drum together.


  10. Der Specht hat sich geirrt, oder keinen passenden Baum gefunden 😂 Sehr laut und lustig !

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  11. What a racket. I can imagine you thought you were being robbed. He is one beautiful bird!

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