These babies have pretty much destroyed the old tree stumps on our berm. They're awesome.
They're migratory here...
I'd hear one that I came to realize was the same bird
year after year coming all the way across the neighborhood.
Every Spring I'd hear it coming... then in my tree, then
recede across the neighborhood, then rinse & repeat
come the Fall...
I finally figured out it's a trail of fruit trees
which must attract a tastey wood-boring grub...
...it would visit the tree, dig out the grubs from the
holes it had drilled the previous season... drill a few
new holes, and move on to the next tree.
Not So Dumb After All!
It had established a set migratory route stocked with it's
favorite food every step of the way...coming & going!