Monday, April 19, 2010

That Ain't no Woodpecker

Woodpeckers are non-existent in coastal SoCal so it's taken us a bit of time to get used to the insistent knocking of the birds banging on the house. I reckon they are seeking snacks buried behind the "bark" of the house. Or trying to dig holes big enough for a nest.

Whatever. Woodpeckers may not be the brightest of birds. Wikipedia tells us that "Many of the foraging, breeding and signaling behaviors of woodpeckers involve drumming and hammering using the bill.[4] In order to prevent brain damage from the rapid and repeated decelerations, woodpeckers have evolved a number of adaptations to protect the brain. These include small brain size...".

Today, though, the knocking, knocking, knocking is not due to tiny-brained members of the family Picidae, but rather the sound of massive chunks of concrete being pounded into smaller chunks of concrete down the hill just below our back yard by a large John Deere 490D excavator. The thing has a big brutal spike thing on the end of the arm and is banging away at the concrete.

It's pretty much been going on all day so far. I have no idea what it's breaking up -- old house foundations or something. I do know that it's moving slowly uphill toward the back fence. It's a fearsome-looking machine so I'll keep an eye on it, just in case. 

I hope this does not signal that the lot behind our house is getting developed. It wouldn't block our view unless they put a five-story building on it, but it will be pretty noisy for a while.

Who's building houses these days, anyway?

We'll just have to watch and see. 

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