How to tell the woodpeckers

If it calls often,
it’s a hairy woodpecker,
less often: a downy,

never: an ivory-billed.
Each year the ground grows simpler
and the sky more complex.

Right over there,
in a hollow locust tree,
a hive of wild bees used to sleep.

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