I went outside and looked up to where the sound was coming from.
Guess who? A lovely large pileated woodpecker.
These first three images, as you can see, are not from this year... nor are they mine. But the experience of going to the door when hearing a loud knock is certainly mine.
Thank you Mike O'Dell for you photos of the pileated woodpecker and its young... even though you were unable to get an image of it feeding the babies, these are still remarkable pictures and I am honoured to share them with those who might read this blog.
And then there are the results of all this banging and hole boring!
Was this going to be a nest? or was the pileated that I watched construct this cavern in one of the many ash trees at my former home near Harwood at Rice Lake merely after the bugs.
It only took a couple of very persistent days of banging to produce this. Amazing birds.
And thanks again Mike for sharing your wonderful photographs.