Tuesday, April 19, 2016


When you choose a home on or near the golf course, you must take the good with the bad.  You have a beautiful view of our green luscious grass but there are hazards besides the occasional stray golf ball.  There are a lot of woodpeckers in Arizona and the Gila Woodpecker loves to drill holes for nesting.  If he doesn't find the right tree, he may try a house.  With that giant sharp beak, he can be very determined.

Greg and Shirley Nelson discovered traces of that determination last summer.  When a neighbor spotted the damage the bird was doing to the Nelson's house, he tried to stop the feathered fiend by applying wood blocks over the spots where the bird was building.

This year the Nelson's put up a more durable defense.  I admire their creativity.  

The Nelson's aren't alone in their battle against feathers.