As the young Pileated Woodpeckers learn to feed themselves, their navigation systems are not quite developed. They flutter around, sometimes landing on a chair or on the shingles and once even on the umbrella. Most often they fly to the deck rail. And they sit and try to figure out how to get up to the suet feeder. They are fun to watch and after some missed attempts and fly-bys, eventually they land on the feeder and enjoy the suet.
Little female seems surprised to have landed on the railing.
She looks up at the feeder. It seems far away.
Today marks a very special day for some of our readers. Rosh Hashanah signals the beginning of High Holy Days for our Jewish neighbors. Called the "Jewish New Year," Rosh Hashanah begins this evening at sundown.
A common Rosh Hashanah greeting is shana tovah u'metukah which means, "a good and sweet New Year." And so to all of you, Jewish or not, I wish you a good and sweet new year.