It’s what I get for leaving the back door open on this beautiful, mild, sunny winter’s New Year’s Eve day.

As I’m sitting in my office playing on the computer I suddenly hear a great rumble in the living room.   There are all my cats in a frenzy.  I knew it had to be some sort of wildlife that they had smuggled in.

Sure enough.  Fluttering from behind the back door is a cockaded woodpecker.

woodpecker21He flew around the house for awhile with the cats in hot pursuit. Finally got him outside to freedom.

Happy New Year, birdie.  You get to see another year.

Meanwhile, four month old Mae waits for another opportunity beneath the bird feeder.   Time to come in for a nap, MaeMae.