They love gutter sounds

by Linda rozo
(Miramar, fl)

For years my husband and I have heard rattling sounds on our aluminum gutters. We always joked it was a woodpecker but dismissed it as wind (even on days there was no wind). Today I was out for a walk and heard the sound all the way from the end of the block. I hurried home to find a giant redheaded woodpecker going at it with the gutters. The woodpecker looked just like woody. When I started searching I was able to identify it as a pileated woodpecker. It makes 2-3 pecking rattles on my gutters and flies away. We had never spotted him before because he does this so quickly and then flies off to a tree less than 20 feet away. I don't think he lives in this tree and I have never seen him feeding near us, so I think he comes specifically to peck our gutters. He was quite amazing to see. I'm not sure what attracts him here, but I know that as soon as spring arrives it sounds like I am living in an aviary. We have mockingbirds that sing ALL night, starlings, hummingbirds, crows, Pigeons, doves and much more. I really should get into bird watching. Apparently my own south Florida yard is haven for all these great (and sometimes loud) birds.

As I am sitting outside writing this in hopes of spotting him again. I can hear him rattling off of someone else's gutters nearby. I only hope no harm comes to this guy for messing with people's gutters.

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