A bird of the trees
is the Great Spotted Woodpecker. Its feet are adapted for
climbing, its stiff tail feathers make a rest, and its stout bill is
drilling in timber, whether to make a nest hole or in search of woodboring
insects. In person it is black and white with scarlet undertail coverts,
in the case of the male, a little red on the back of the head. In spring
hammers on a chosen branch, making a drumming noise that carries far
through the woods.