April 20, 2015

L is for Ladder-backed Woodpecker

The Ladder-backed Woodpecker is a beautiful looking bird. It is black and white and the male has a red spot on its head. They like to nest in cactus and if you put out a bird feeder, one of these woodpeckers will most likely show up.

I always smile when I see one, but when I was younger they always managed to make me mad. Maybe because due to the Ladder-backed Woodpecker, I never got to sleep in.

When I was a teenager, I was just like any other teenager. I loved to sleep in. I especially looked forward to sleeping in during the summer months when I was off from school. But no matter how much I looked forward to sleeping in, it never failed that I would always be woken up early by the sound of the Ladder-backed woodpecker pecking non-stop at the metal on the swamp cooler. The sound is like a miniature jackhammer that never ever stops.

Ladder-backed woodpecker
Photo by George Scott

Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2-20111114
Photo by Kenneth Cole Schneider


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