Blood from a stone


This is the third morning in a row that this fellow (or one of his relatives) has scared the bejeebers out of me by pecking at the gutter that’s right above my head when I’m sitting at the computer.

This is the first time I’ve managed to have my camera ready with a memory card and on an appropriate setting to capture his picture.


Yes, Mr. Bird.  I’m looking at YOU.  Go away.  There’s nothing there for you, except maybe  a sore beak.


  1. Michelle Wyman says:

    We have woodpeckers who do this too. Peck the gutters, peck the siding on the house. Found out that the siding was rotting due to ants. Ants make a yummy lunch for woodpeckers. I suspect there are critters in the gutters that are just way too tempting.

    Might want DH to give the gutters a cleaning to get the debris out, hence washing away the bugs. Maybe then the woodpeckers will go to the neighbors for lunch.

  2. Mary says:

    Actually, they’re pecking the gutters because it is so loud. They are telling all the lovely females–here I am I’m ready! I live in Colorado, and around here they peck on the street lights, that makes lots of noise and travels far and wide. Isn’t nature fun!

  3. LizA. says:

    Ooh, we have a flicker that will drill repeatedly on the metal chimney cap. Naturally the sound echoes down the chimney and drives the dog completely batty. At least your bird is very pretty — look at that lovely red head and throat!

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