Woodpecker Nest

We have new pets in our yard. We don’t feed them but they still seem happy. A woodpecker couple has taken up residence in the dead tree in our yard. I was hoping to get rid of the tree this summer, but in the space of a few days that woodpecker drilled a hole large enough to get himself into it.

The birds confirmed my biggest fear that this tree is rotten inside. As I watch the male push mouthfuls of sawdust to the ground, I have a feeling this tree should be taken down. We don’t want to disturb the birds though, so we are going to wait until they vacate the nest.