One morning, I was trying to study and heard this insistent tapping. For a while I tried to block it out and concentrate on my books, but after it had continued for quite some time, I decided to investigate the source of the noise.
It didn't take me long to discover that we had a woodpecker drilling holes in the wood outside our window. I didn't manage to get a photo until it moved to a nearby tree. I'm informed that it is a Hairy Woodpecker. Similar in appearance to its smaller cousin the Downy Woodpecker, but with a much longer bill. In reading about this woodpecker, I learned that it forages along tree trunks and the main branches of trees, but this one had been busy drilling holes in our balcony!