l have been monitoring this pair now for about 3 weeks. They have been back and forth. Being chased by starlings put them off a day or two. But they have come back and the female seems to be determined to make this her nesting tree.
Female arrives to give the male a break as he flies off.
You can see here that the males head is fluffed up. And he is pecking at the hole. He has been calling to his mate. The female has arrived at his beck and call to relieve him for a while. It seems that when they have had enough the one pecks at the tree and calls to it's mate. The mate arrives and they do a little fluffing of the head feathers,a bit of pecking at the tree or hole and then fly leaving the mate to continue on. Has been very interesting and entertaining to watch these two hard working woodpeckers.
The male in a near by tree.
The female arriving to take over the duties. You can see the male above doing a bit of pecking at the tree.