Tuesday, May 6, 2014

High-Rise Country Living

Do you remember the Pesky Pileated Pole Pounder that started a tiny hole in our new power pole?
See that tiny hole he began with?
Well, this is what it turned into...
Someone tried to make it an upstairs/downstairs duplex, but never finished the upper hole above the transformer.
The bottom residence, however, is occupied.
Male Eastern Bluebird

Female Eastern Bluebird
"Can you blame us? We always wanted a new house!"


She does look rather content in there.
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

Thank you, Hilary!

149 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

How sweet is this?!!!!

georgettesullins said...

Home tweet home! That little guy looks quite safe way up there.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Really cute little bird! We have woodpecers here too, and they make a lot of holes.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This is totally awesome - a duplex :) and I love that the bluebirds moved in. Hey, it was vacant!! I can't blame em'

Mike said...

That's one POWERful picture.

Andy said...

Wow... I have only seen two Pileated Woodpeckers in my entire life.

Paula said...

Birdie seems quite happy to have happened upon this vacancy.

Brk Trt said...

We have a wood pecker, the problem is he does his hammering at 5AM.

William Kendall said...
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William Kendall said...

Well it is convenient and ready made quarters after all.

MarmePurl said...

I just love bluebirds.

HighPlainsFlyFisher said...

The woodpecker has definitely been busy , that's quite a hole!
Love the bluebirds...just one of the many birds I see frequently while sitting streamside enjoying nature.

Revrunner said...

And free electricity to boot!

joeh said...

Great story.

Blackberry Lane said...

Great photos. Hope you have a good day.

Roan said...

She does look awfully cute inside their new apartment. I'm still trying to find a Pileated Woodpecker. I actually saw one last summer, but he took off before I could raise my camera.

Carole M. said...

kind of funny; someone else did all the hard work

Pom Pom said...

I love seeing baby birds in their parents' innovative homes! Thank you for this!

Anvilcloud said...

All we want is our own little niche in this world.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
How precious the home is that contractor 'Pilly' built them!
Hugs,
Mariette

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

well, someone sure is creative. what a "smart thinker" ... out of the box thinker??! i always wonder how woodpeckers don't get exhausted or a headache at least?

KaHolly said...

What a happy post to read this morning!!

Judy said...

That's a lot of hard work to build that home. I just told hubby the other day that we need to put up some birdhouses, can't have them building homes in our logs :)

Sandra said...

once upon a time a woodpecker decided he needed investment property to rent out.. he worked and worked and worked and he found his tenants and the blue birds side a year lease and moved in the pole house..

Tanya Breese said...

awwwwwww too cute!

Kate said...

The bird on the nest is a terrific shot!

DJan said...

Well, it seems to be a very good place to nest, away from just about everything. Except all those unsightly wires. Guess they seem just right to birds, though. :-)

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; I wondered if there won't be any problem for supposing electricity :-) Oh, no one can blame with that sweet looking Bluebirds♡♡♡
But NOT fair!!! My feeder was just for cats and crows p;)

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend Theresa, xoxo Miyako*

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

Beth said...

Those sweet bluebirds! I hope they survive the season. They are sure in a dangerous place!

Irma said...

Beautiful they build a nest in an electrical pole.
Very nice these Eastern Bluebirds.
Greetings Irma

Cranberry Morning said...

How sweet of the pileated to make a home for the cute little bluebirds! I happen to love pileated woodpeckers. I'm sure Fred Flintstone had a few pecking at trees in his backyard. And I love the sound they make!

Molly The Wally said...

Those are fabulous shots and how cute they look in their high rise apartment. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

What great captures! I love this!

Dicky Bird said...

I Love this! From the "pecking of the hole" to the nesting mama bird! NEAT!

Złota Kasieńka said...

Beautiful birds. Greetings from Poland.

messymimi said...

That's one way to irritate the electric company people!

She's happy, though.

Alica said...

She knows there won't be many predators up that high! Smart bird! She could've picked a not so new pole, though.

Roxy the traveling dog said...

How nice of the woodpecker to make them a cozy home.

Primitive Stars said...

How wonderful to just move right in, great pictures, Francine.

Susan said...

Oh Theresa, these are awesome pictures, birds are just amazing little creatures!

S. J. Qualls said...

Our old pole had 3 apartments before the utility company replaced it. Lovely pair of bluebirds that you have there. Really is a delight seeing them.

MarkD60 said...

There was a woodpecker at our house this morning too! I didn't get the shot because of deficencies in my quick draw technique. By the time I got my camera, the woody was gone.
Surprised she made a hole in the telephone pole though.I thought those were oil treated and hardened...

Furry Bottoms said...

They certainly wanted to move on up, move on up to their pie in the sky!

marilyn said...

Happy ending....yay!!! Don't have that big bird at my place but they do live in this area...and isn't he just gorgeous.

Sally said...

How awesome is that! Love these photo's. :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

So glad that beautiful couple found a new home!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Do you have any idea how excited I get when I see a Pileated around here? And, how absolutely NEAT to have the blue beauties move into the neighbourhood. The power pole? Well, it's low on my list of priorities, as long as you can keep posting :)

Pix Under the Oaks said...

I so approve of the new homeowners! They are Missouri's state bird!! Cool post Tex! Ima smiling!!!

ellen abbott said...

There is an old power pole that holds the line to the pump for the well on the shop property that has holes like that in it. I saw a bird fly in one of them the other day.

Gail Dixon said...

OH my goodness, this is so sweet! She does look awfully content in there. :)

don said...

You've created a great human interest series with the creation of the hole and the occupation of it by the blue birds. Very good, story telling series!

Bob Bushell said...

That's brilliant, just about ready for Eastern Bluebird, love it.

Rose said...

Wonder if there was a charge involved in building them their new home? I am glad you were there to capture it.

Terry and Linda said...

Perfect!!!

♥ღLinda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Sylvia K said...

Love the little one nestled down in her new home!! Sweet!

sharon said...

I've never seen a hole that big from a woodpecker. At least it is getting some use.

barbara l. hale said...

That's so cool! Maybe the Pileated is really a contractor.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I find it rather unusual for the birds to nest in a power pole,but I guess whatever works for them.

Lynn said...

super shots, that little PPPP had to work hard to make that size of an abode, I hope the little stinkers are paying good rent!

Debbie said...

oh what a beautiful home and I must say, I love the builder. ;)

Farm Girl said...

That is awesome. Such cool shots!

Karen said...

Awwwwww, that's so sweet!

DeniseinVA said...

What a hoot! I loved your commentary, sweet little bluebirds.

Leovi said...

Good photos, I love those birds, I especially like the one at work!

Łucja-Maria said...

Great pictures!
I am delighted with them.
Greetings.

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, that is pretty cute! They sure are high off the ground up there. I hope their nesting is successful. Great captures.

Patty Woodland said...

Any hole in a pole!

Raggedy Creations said...

Yay, good for the bluebirds.

Wonder why the pounder never occupied it.

Inger said...

It looks like they designed a safe haven for themselves, until the power guy shows up, which I hope is not too often.

RedPat said...

Wonderful, Tex! ;-)

cobie en bas van Es said...

dit is geweldig mooi.

Montanagirl said...

Oh Wow - How cool is that?? You lucky girl, you.

Nancy J said...

I can only imagine the hard work to make their new home, as power poles are such hard timber. Super photos, hope we see the babies later on. Cheers, Jean

Robin Lamb said...

T, those huge woodpeckers can sure make a mess of things! Nice to see that the mess is going to the Bluebirds!

karmnik54 said...

Dzięcioł przypomina mi naszego dzięcioła czarnego a z kolei te mniejsze ptaszki naszą pleszkę:)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

So cute! I hope this new home will provide a safe haven for the bluebird family. But, this is why my lineman hubby isn't too fond of the woodpeckers that I like so well! :)

Jeanne said...

I just love this!!! Nature is amazing!

Nette Cecilia said...

Great story ,Nette

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're adorable! They have a room with a view.

mick said...

Beautiful bluebirds and very interesting how they got their new home!

Red said...

That's a great story and all caught on camera!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Well, wasn't that just so nice of that pesky Pileated? Hopefully the new residents will keep any new construction to a minimum. So sweet. xo Karen

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I'm so glad the bluebirds found a cavity to nest in.

Beautiful pileated woodpecker!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I love the photos of the blue birds. Looks like an awesome nest they've built. Loved this posting.

Chris Rohrer said...

Now isn't that interesting! Hope they make lots of wonderful little Eastern Bluebirds:)

Findlay Wilde said...

I think they look great in their new home. From Findlay

Nancy's Notes said...

Aww, they found thier own little
"5 star" doll house! Just too cute~

Midmarsh John said...

That's one big hole in your pole. Hope it doesn't weaken it too much.
Nice to see the Eastern Bluebirds make use of it.

Karen S. said...

That's the cutest little birdie sitting inside their new digs! What a great capture.

bailey-road.com said...

The Pileated Pole Pounder appears to be a homebuilder. And what a sweet couple moved in!

DIMI said...

Wonderful pictures Tex!How sweet the little birds look in there new house!Great shots!
Dimi...

Our photos said...

Very nice ! How much is the rent?

Karen said...

What an amazing bird to put holes like that in poles. Glad to see it's been occupied.

eileeninmd said...

Cool captures of the Pileated and the cute Bluebirds! The Mrs does look comfy there. Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie Faris said...

What a fun thing to watch! They're so pretty, too.

Ron said...

That must have been one persistent wood pecker!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

So the woodpecker built it but the bluebirds live there... Interesting:@)

Miss Val's Creations said...

This is so adorable! I'm glad the woodpeckers efforts paid off.

Julia said...

Beautiful shots of all the winged visitors around your place. It looks like nature is helping out. Worms or grubs invaded the pole and caused some rot decay, The woodpecker dug out the nest and little birds took over the cavity. All so much fun.

Hugs,
JB

the wayside wanderer said...

Love it! Those are some of the sweetest birds.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Well how neat is that -- they found a new special home. Cool. We have red-bellied woodies waking us up every morning lately ... on our power pole or on our roof (I hope they don't peck holes in the latter while we're gone for the summer!)

Susan said...

Ha ha now would you believe, just how well all that worked out!
Great photos T. Just love your post :D)

Grandma C said...

I love your cute bird story and photos. It is wonderful when nature sets up home where we can watch.

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Andy Wilson said...

Got the new house for a "song" ;)

Lois Evensen said...

Darling! Great new digs! :)

Elaine said...

Roomy digs! Hard to find a place ready-made that fits your needs just right. Gotta wonder, though, what that woodpecker was after.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Wow!!! VERY truly amazing!!! Thank you, I love this!

dinascitywildlife.com said...

How perfect is that!!! The pileated made a home for the bluebirds. Great story and shots!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Ha, amazing! I think I would need some serious power tools to bore out a hole like that!!

Randy said...

Talk about high-rise living.

Michelle said...

That is so sweet that you captured this pair together!

Stephen Hayes said...

A snug little bird house, although the utility company probably doesn't appreciate it.

Cloudia said...

ADORE this!




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral

=^..^= <3

Stephanie said...

Looks like a cosy new home for the birds. Love the bluebird.

Paul said...

Nice of the Pesky Pileated Pole Pounder to make such a nice home for the Eastern Bluebirds, just too bad it's in your power pole!

Lynne said...

Oh my . . . what winner photos those are . . . and Bluebirds TOO . . .

KB Bear said...

Great story! So Pileated Woodpeckers are the general contractors for bluebird homes!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

WONDERFUL captures! Those bluebirds like living dangerously, though, don't they? :D

~Lindy

Jenny said...

How cute and a nice story with a happy ending. Want to see the babies next. xo Jenny

Rita said...

You wouldn't think any of them would want to be that close to electrical wires and such. But she looks very happy. :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Sorry about the pole but looks like those little guys put it to good use. Maybe you can catch some shots of the little ones.

Halcyon said...

Fantastic pictures! I hope you catch some shots of the babies when they come. :)

Lindsjö taxar said...

Great job the woodpecker did. Good to have a Carpenter in the birdlife :-)

Mary Kirkland said...

That is so cute! Nothing like finding the right place.

stardust said...

Nice captures and a lovely story. Birds have their own needs and we have ours. As long as it doesn’t create any harm or danger (since it is electric pole), things sometimes need to be overlooked for such cuties.

Yoko

Christian Perrin said...

Amazing photos! I thought that Woodpecker was an utter star in that first shot but I was equally charmed by the Bluebird couple. Would love to see both species some day!

Jeevan said...

Interesting series! Hope the hole doesn't weak the pole

Laura. M said...

Good home made bird ...Precious Teresa :)))

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Tex How wonderful. You see nothing is wasted in Nature, if one bird does not use it, another one will. that last shots is marvelous. Don't forget to link me in tomorrow as I will be on a boat!!!

Kris Anderson said...

step by step series - love it - you have a good watchful eye - nice shots...

Hugs

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You know I have seen woodpeckers but never actually a hole that they made. It's amazing. I really enjoyed these photos.

Hilary said...

Wow.. what a great symbiotic relationship... except for the power company, I suppose.

Melissa said...

Oh how cool is that. What a sweet little nest!

The Equestrian Vagabond said...

I love pileated woodpeckers! I once saw 3 chasing each other in a forest. way cool!
It's nice this one left a lovely home for bluebirds :)
- The Equestrian Vagabond

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely series of photos, the bluebirds look very happy with their new home

Marie said...

How wonderfully sweet! Love your photos. Glad the bluebirds are so happy there.

Margie said...

Such sweet little tweets!

Brian King said...

Love the Pileated Woodpeckers! Glad the bluebirds are making use of the hole!

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - good to see the hole is being used and it's not just empty!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I didn't realize how big the hole was until the last shot- wow!

Fjällripan said...

Oh so sweet!!

Mary Cromer said...

How wonderful this is and that you even came upon all of the busy work. I love that the one hole did not go to waste...hmm, wonder how much those Bluebirds paid the Woodpeckers to build them a new residence ;)

pattisjarrett said...

Who knew Pileated Woodpeckers were into real estate construction and leasing? Cute tenants! The woodpeckers can do some damage, can't they?

catskillblogger said...

cleaver

Dave said...

Brilliant post Tex. I love seeing things like this. How many people in your area would not even notice the holes never mind what made them or who lives there.

bon bon said...

well, that was neighborly of the big fella!

warriormom said...

Wow! Nice digs and how neat that it's where you can watch!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

That was an electricfying post ;)

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