I was just waking up one morning recently when I heard a distinct "ratta-tat" on the front of the house. No, it wasn't an early caller -- at least, not a human one. It was the return of Mrs. Flicker and did she get a surprise! Once she enjoyed drilling for "grubs" in our rotting wood trim and she (and perhaps others of her ilk) caused a lot of damage. We have now covered most of that wood with metal siding material which is "flicker unfriendly."
What a treat it was to hear her try to drill. Ah! Sweet success! (I hope.)
I expect my new laptop today. I hope it comes because if it doesn't I won't be able to play with it until next week.
[The photo, posted previously, shows flicker-inflicted damage to the window facings.]