The same picture as above, just zoomed in a little bit. You can see he's braking hard.
Woodpeckers can be destructive. A friend of mine used to keep a mesh bag of beef suet hanging outside his living room window. They are fun to watch.
Years ago I found a woodpecker nest, I mean with 3 little chicks inside. I don't remember why or how I found it, I wasn't cutting the tree or anything like that. I went back with my camera, tripod and 400mm lens, and wasted 3 or 4 rolls of film. I've got some pretty good pictures of them here someplace.
I showed the nest to several people, have them stand back where they could see the hole good, I'd smack the tree hard with my hand and scratch my fingers across the bark up as high as I could reach. Like something climbing. The chicks would stick their heads out, ready to be fed.
Talking about our grouse, years ago we had a fair population of ruffed grouse. They are just about extinct in this area now. The state of West Virginia has a project going on now, a habitat improvement deal. The one property that I'm familiar with, the landowner is required to cut 60, (sixty) trees per acre. More or less to get some sunlight on the ground, and to get some new growth. The trees that are marked on that property are all trash. Twisted, knotty snags that will never make a good log.
I also read a story about some disease that is killing our grouse. It's not this Covid stuff that people are dealing with now. I'll search later, maybe I can find the story again? But that would be a shame if some disease or virus wipes out our grouse population. My opinion grouse are the best eating wild game we have (or did have) in this area. And there's no other bird that can replace them.
I had 33* at daylight and a good frost, it's that time of year.