In the picture above you'll notice that she's found one of our blue-painted birdhouses to be of particular interest. Because it is old and probably beginning to rot, there are insects within the wood. Here you can see she's pecked a hole near the roof (the normal entrance is on the left of this picture). We watched with some interest as the wood chips fell and our beautiful birdhouse began to be reduced to sawdust.
But what to do besides accept that this is nature's way and so we're doing no more than simply providing this birdhouse for an unexpected use. In the meantime, I've enjoyed watching the sun angle lower in the sky and the beautiful clouds of autumn. I walked outside late in the afternoon two days ago and marveled at this three-dimensional layers of clouds. How I wish I could capture the effect on a single frame. The shot (below) is taken facing west with Scotch Pines silhouetted against the late day sky. I planted these 21 years ago as a wind break and they've done their job well.
Then, looking east, a small cumulus billowed over West Carrollton (below). I felt a few drops of rain every now but nothing to measure. The corn is dry, as you can see, and mostly blown down by the the hurricane anyway. Nothing has been done yet to harvest the crop.