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Saturday Critters – Green woodpecker

We all know them, or at least we think we know them. We   amused by their life habits that bring activity and a sense of joy in the woods even in the cold days of winter. As a child, we learn they would be some kind of “forest doctors” without knowing exactly what that means.  Beyond their appearance, somewhat cheerful to us, humans, the puppeteers remain a group of birds as interesting as they are so fond, with many unexpected aspects in the mythology of many peoples. In a Romanian fairy tale it is said that Green woodpecker( Ghionoaie in Romanian language)   have once been a woman so bad that no one steps on her estate without being killed. However, these birds are a delight to the eyes of those who meet them.

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Written by Ileana Calotescu

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