Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Ancient Ones

A visitor from an ancient world stopped by to say "Hi." the other day. He is usually very shy, but spring sometimes confuses those from the eons. We, in the modern world, are busy and hurrying and need reasons for everything we do including bothering to visit. Primeval ones that have survived this invented busyness created by mankind stop to impress and remind and even cajole.   Hylatomus pileatus is his name but I just call him Hy, because that is how we are.  He is like an ancient Yogi answering my questions with more questions. 

"Why are you here?"

"Why not?'

"Is there something I can do for you?"

"Is there something I can do for YOU?"

Eventually, I tire of this game and just observe.

For a minute I thought we were going to really get to know each other and that I was going to have to see if the pantry had any juicy black beetles or nice

chewy grubs, not the type of nutritional snacks that I often keep on hand.  But as luck would have it, he decided the stay must be brief.

Ever the elemental creature, he did not leave before reminding me to wash the windows above the sink in the kitchen.  We have THAT kind of relationship!


  1. gorgeous creature. I catch sight of one every now and then out here.

  2. Hy is a beauty! That red top hat is exquisite!

  3. There is something very primeval about Pileated woodpeckers. Hy is wonderful, and I am envious of your relationship.

  4. Fantastic Pileated Woodpecker, this one seems to be a nosey.

  5. Simply delightful. You start my evening with a smile. Thanks.

  6. "Woody" What a cool bird. Never seen one though they are not that uncommon. You might enjoy a book about the hunt for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, "The Grail Bird."

  7. He's smart to come visit and remind you (and thus, me) to slow down and enjoy the day.

  8. Pileateds are certainly a different bird. They don't flush very easily and you get a good chance to look at them. I wonder what would have happened if your window had been open.


Glad to hear from you once again. I really like these visits. Come sit on this log and tell me what you are thinking.