Here is the bird I never imagined I'd be able to capture with Boom-boom, the Pileated Woodpecker. This is a female. We've heard them in the neighborhood for years and every once in a great while we have a fleeting glimpse of one as it flits through the trees. They are shy creatures. Since we put up the suet feeders the Pileateds have dared to come closer to the house. I was thoroughly excited when this girl clung to the suet feeder for a good long time so I could play paparazzi.
One weekend, since there was much sickness in the house, we watched a lot of movies. During one movie scene a particular character referred to another one as a "pecker." The entire family, save Isaac giggled. Not wanting to miss any of the humor, my then 10 year old son asked what was so funny.
I informed him that pecker was slang for penis. He laughed, then paused to think and came back with, "So, that really makes woodpecker a funny name for a bird."
I replied, "Yep, and even more so when you consider that "wood" is slang for an erection." He doubled over laughing. Mr. Lime became disgusted with the entire conversation and told me I was being inappropriate.
I intoned the poor boy would be forced to learn the alternate meanings for "bird" on the school bus.
Yes, I am that mother.