"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens."

Carl Jung


On The Nightstand
  • Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
    Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
  • A Wolf Called Romeo
    A Wolf Called Romeo
  • The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors
    The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

Bumps in the Night

windows thrown open

vibrating brown wings humming

moths kiss screens gently


A Whiney Wonderful Woodpecker

One perk of living in wooded habitat is I've had the good fortune to study and observe all of Michigans' woodpecker species, with the exception of two that are found in the Upper Peninsula. I enjoy them all, but have a special fondness for Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, a migrant species that I find so very entertaining and more than a bit special.

Yellow-bellieds have a certain endearing demeanor about them.  While I've read many accounts that always describe this member of the woodpecker tribe as 'shy', I've always found them to be quite approachable.  Unlike the Red-headed, Pileated and Hairy Woodpecker, they're not what I'd label as a bold or brash bird; nor or they as skittish as the Downy or Red-belly. If we move quietly and slowly, they seem to be very curious and have often followed me around our woods for long periods of time, peeking around the tree trucks while watching my movements closely.  I call them the 'quiet' woodpecker, as their calls are quite plaintive and very different from the rest of the woodpecker tribe.  Sounding a bit like a lost child, their cries are a thin whining/descending cat-like mee-ah that always tugs at my heartstrings.




Last Call

softly dusk arrives

trees sheltering roosting birds

robin sings alone.