Why a Woodpecker Pecks

Yeah, I’ll bet you always wondered why a woodpecker pecks on wood… Truth be told, the pecking is not just to make a nest in some old tree — woodpeckers (and their cousins the snipes and flickers) peck to establish territory and attract mates. Here’s a nice shot we took right here in Harwich of a flicker…

As beautiful as they are, these birds can be a rip-snorting pain in the tail section. In our case, one decided to unleash his percussive love mojo on the sheet metal of our chimney cap. Believe it or not, this is a common problem. To make matters worse, these are persistent little bugger, and there isn’t much you can do about them. I’ve tried to coerce him into swooning elsewhere by buying him a Barry White CD and a six-pack, but that didn’t work. I even used steak tips as a bribe to get red-tailed hawks to pick off the little peckerhead, but alas, to no avail. About the best we can do is go shout at the shingles when he shows up… Boy the neighbors must love that…

By the racks…

Cisco and Ponchita by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.

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