Our hickory fell. Well, not the whole thing, the top third of the tree just bent over and touched the ground. Squirrels re-routed. Ferns withered; garden flocks brightened.
In a hollow, just below the break, Two Northern Flickers nested. They like privacy. A hickory’s canopy is perfect cover. Flickers are shy. We hear them, but normally see them once or twice a summer. If we’re lucky.
Exposed by the felled hickory, the pair hopped out on a branch and signaled their dismay.The couple survived the natural disaster and made the best of things for the sake of their young family.
Look closer, both Northern Flickers are in the two pictures below.
Oh well, might as well have a drink and a bath.
A drink and a bath always makes me feel better, too.
Such a treat this week!