So I was walking to the bus stop this morning and I heard this sound that sort of reminded me of the sound an old German MG-42 in short bursts. It turned out it was (or least what I think was) a Red Shafted Northern Flicker Woodpecker. It was sitting on top of light in the Co-Op that I am staying in. It was a crisp morning and no doubt the bird found the flat box top of the light a warm place to rest. And where there is warmth there will also be insects to eat. Right? Wrong in this case, obviously, but tell that to the woodpecker. Its mate was on the telephone poll trying its luck there, but I suspect it may have been eyeballing the transformers as well.
A pretty good example ho human domination over the environment just isn't good for the planet's other inhabitants.