“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German writer and statesman
This Hairy Woodpecker on a deer carcass confused me. What would a woodpecker be doing on a carcass? The cold winter weather would no doubt prevent insect activity, right?
Internet research revealed to me that the fat found on a carcass such as this one helps to satisfy the woodpecker’s nutritional needs for survival in frigid weather. The interconnectedness of nature continues to amaze me!