A number of year’s ago visitors to our summer home had the chance to see a piliated woodpecker in our yard. They were all excited because the only woodpecker they had seen was Woody and they thought they were seeing Woody. So ever since piliated woodpeackers have been Woodys.

The park here really belongs to Woody and his friends, crows for sure, bears, turkeys, deer as common as flies and the occasional fox while we were here. The rangers do not open the park until dawn suposedly to let animals feed in the morning because cars and gawkers put pressure on their habitat. Hard to imagine when bears go after acorns up in trees right beside the road. Our woodpecker let us get within 15 or so feet of him and was undisturbed by passing cars.

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