Thursday, October 2, 2014
Buster Gets Buffaloed
This Pileated Woodpecker was deep into drumming on this old snag this morning at Keizer Rapids City Park. PileatedWoodpeckers are the largest woodpeckers in North America at almost a foot and a half in length, and with a wingspan of over two feet. When they pound away on an old snag they make a sound way beyond any other woodpecker. Jeanette and I were excited to find and watch this magnificent bird, but Buster had other ideas, he wanted to get out of there. It was hard for me to hold still to get a photo because he was jumping up on my leg insisting that we leave. We already knew he was “gun shy” and frightened by guns, fireworks, and thunder, but this was the first experience of seeing him afraid of a bird. Never mind that he had already barked and challenged several big dogs on the trail, this explosion of sound had him buffaloed.