Thursday, October 25, 2012

Green Grass and Babies

BY SKEETER
A few weeks ago it was Rye Grass Seed Scattering day here in my Georgia Gardens.
A few weeks later, we have green grass!
At this point, the young Rye Grass blends in with the St. Augustine and Centipede grasses which still have some color in our lawn. Can you see where our resident Mole has been busy at the bottom of the picture? Grrrrrr, you little stinker.

I love the green color to grass year round thus, we spread the Rye seed each Fall.
On Tuesday, I heard a hammering sound outside. Thinking it was my handy neighbor working on a project in the yard, I just ignored the sounds. After about 30 minutes or so, I decided to investigate a bit closer. Lookie what I spotted.
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A female Pileated Woodpecker hard at work. Not sure if she was just enjoying a meal or making a nest. I am pulling for the nest as it would be awesome to witness the progress of GREEN GRASS AND BABIES, In the Garden...

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14 comments:

  1. That is a lot of green grass. The pileated woodpecker is too cool. Looks like the tree is already dead so it might indeed be making a next. That would be awesome!

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  2. Lucky you to witness the work in progress of the pileated woodpecker. I too like green grass in the winter so down here it does stay somewhat green but lighter.

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  3. How exciting about the pileated! (And congrats on the great photo, too.)

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  4. Yes Tina, A dead pine tree in the back woods. We are so hoping she makes a nest in the tree!

    Lola, the Rye Grass ensures bright green for us. We love it and I dont become as depressed in the winter being surrounded by all that beautiful green...

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  5. Thanks Gaia! I love catching a view of these beauties.... I hear them more then see them as they are private birds...

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  6. I have always wanted to see a pileated woodpecker--so beautiful. Moles tunnel through the lawn eating grubs like Japanese beetle larvae so I am never too upset to see them. We have foxes that keep them in check.

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  7. Hi Skeeter, love your pictures. Others take pictures but I can see you create pictures. Outstanding!
    Love that big plant beside your lovely home....first look thought it was a banana plant.
    You have fun and keep a song in your heart.
    Best regards,
    Lee.

    ps, any relation to Davis? Ha ha.

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  8. What a magnificent bird! I'd never seen one like this. Is it just typical of your area or can you find it elsewhere in the States? By the way, that hammering would probably drive me round the bend if constantly playing on a loop. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  9. I am always amazed at how hard the woodpeckers peck. Seems like a nasty headache is sure to develop. It is nice to see the grass green again. We have been getting rain for the lawns too.

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  10. Carolyn, The Moles make a mess of my gardens which i really do not mind as they do eat the grubs. But the tunnels they make are used by the Voles to eat roots and thus kill my plants. Sigh... But we just deal with them by stomping down the tunnels. We call it the Mole Dance... lOL

    Uncle Lee, it is indeed a Banana Tree! A passed along plant that has been moved to many different spots within the gardens. This spot is the final resting place as I think it is perfect for the tree. I have 6 babies this year too! So hopefully, it will return even larger next year. No relation to Skeeter Davis but have seen her at the Grand Ole Opry once! Skeeter is my Pen Name from my 16 year old departed Kitty named Skeeter. I keep his memory alive with my Blog. So many people know me as Skeeter and not by my real name which I enjoy...

    A Cuban, the pounding sound is not that bad and they usually do not stay in one spot for too long a time. Although, for making a hole in a tree to nest, they may pound for days... I looked in my bird book and Pileated Woodpeckers range: "Resident from British Columbia east across southern Canada to Nova Scotia, south to northern California, southern Idaho, eastern North Dakota, central Texas and Florida" they are found all along the Mid West and Eastern USA. They are mostly found in highly populated tree areas and eat bugs from the trees...

    GWGT, The Saint and I were both talking about that hard pounding they do with thier heads. We too were thining major headache. But they are built for such pounding but wow, that does look painful...


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  11. You're probably too young to remember Woody Woodpecker (the cartoon). Every time I hear one in the woods, I think of that silly show. I need to motivate SAM to get busy with seeding our yard too. Once the warm weather grasses go dormant, the lawn does look mighty boring.

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  12. Skeeter girl .. your comments on my blog touched me a great deal. I have a ton of experience with checking out different aspects of health problems ..your doctor may be missing some very crucial ones , please e-mail me ? I think I might be able to let you know of other tests that should be done .. I can explain my experiences to you and it might just help !
    Joy .. gardenjoy@cogeco.ca

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  13. W2W, Thank you for thinking I am younger then I am but I sure do know all about Woody Woodpecker, the Roadrunner and all those funny birds. I do think of Woody when hearing one of my resident woodpeckers. Such fun childhood memories of saturday morning cartoons....

    Joy, I just wanted to let you know you are not alone. I shall email ya girl.... Thanks...

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  14. I saw only my second pileated woodpecker earlier in the month. What a spectacular bird. I know they need old-growth forests and a certain number of dead trees to live.

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