25 January 2010

Wood. Pecked.

Something has been busy on this half-dead poplar tree. I just discovered that many woodpeckers have feathered nostrils to filter out the sawdust they produce while they are hammering.* Also, the tongue of the Hairy Woodpecker is four times longer than its beak (the tongue rolls up like a tape measure).

*I was going to make an observation about nose-hair here, but decided that it would have been in poor taste.

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