Why I Prefer Not To Cut Dead Standing Trees - A Video Explanation

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by quads, Feb 7, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. quads

    quads
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Likes Received:
    140
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    Today on video, I captured one of the reasons why I prefer to leave the dead trees standing and use them for firewood only after they have fallen on their own:
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. PapaDave

    PapaDave
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2008
    Messages:
    5,740
    Likes Received:
    2,220
    Loc:
    Northern MI - in the mitten
    Quads, the bar has now been raised. Stop it!
    Now I have to take the video camera to the woods with me? Hmmm, maybe not a bad idea.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  3. quads

    quads
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Likes Received:
    140
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    The camera I normally use also does video. It's my Internet connection that doesn't like it!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  4. savageactor7

    savageactor7
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    3,708
    Likes Received:
    10
    Loc:
    CNY
    Pretty sure that's a Pileated Woodpecker...beautiful.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,815
    Likes Received:
    7,367
    Loc:
    Michigan
    That's it sure enough, savage. We don't have them here but my wife says she has seen one this winter. I still haven't seen it so don't know for sure.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  6. quads

    quads
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Likes Received:
    140
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    Less than ten years ago we didn't have any around here either. First time I ever saw one I was mesmerized. Thought I was seeing things. Had never seen a woodpecker that big before.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  7. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    17,082
    Likes Received:
    3,544
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Pileated woodpeckers are extremely neat to watch in action . . . and the holes they can make in a tree in such a short time is nothing short of amazing.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  8. billb3

    billb3
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    4,282
    Likes Received:
    588
    Loc:
    SE Mass
    Every now and then I get a pileated at my suet feeder.

    I have big 'ol pine trees they 're more than welcome to make homes in and find meals.

    Pine and cherry trees tend to rot pretty quick here left dead standing.
    I leave the pines.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  9. Corey

    Corey
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,286
    Likes Received:
    155
    Loc:
    Midwest
    I guess in the tree he is OK. I had one take a liking to my flue cap several years ago. About 7:30 in the morning I was jolted out of bed by a metallic jack hammering "B-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-Ring......B-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-Ring" He hammered away on that cap for hours - doubt he found anything to eat! I was later told this is the mating call and the louder the better. This guy must have thought he was a stallion!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  10. homebrewz

    homebrewz
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2005
    Messages:
    1,052
    Likes Received:
    75
    Loc:
    East Central, NY
    Nice Pileated! We usually see them around here munching on sumac berries during the winter.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  11. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,585
    Likes Received:
    1,421
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    Very cool! I have them on stumps in the yard etc. I took down some big pines to use the fuel and open some space- but I left almost 1/2 the trunks on the ground as habitat and to replenish the carbon base in the soil.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  12. Astrolopitec

    Astrolopitec
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2010
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    Quebec
    Ah! So that explains it. One year we had one that took a likening to an aluminium lather and we were wondering if it had gone coo-coo.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  13. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Messages:
    6,770
    Likes Received:
    63
    Loc:
    Syracuse NY
    our local resident prefers telephone poles.
     

    Attached Files:

    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  14. quads

    quads
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Likes Received:
    140
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    One of them was right outside the house window today, in the snowstorm. I feed the birds, and have flickers, downy, and hairy woodpeckers come to the suet all day long. So far the pileated and the redheaded have never been interested, but they do hang around nearby sometimes.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  15. Astrolopitec

    Astrolopitec
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2010
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    Quebec
    Whoooah there!
    That's three confirmed attacks to private property!
    BLAM, BLAM, BLAM with the little monsters...
    After all. They are just rats with punk hairdos :lol:
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  16. quads

    quads
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Likes Received:
    140
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    Ha! I like 'em. I leave them plenty of dead trees to play with, so they leave my house alone. The ones I have trouble with on the house are the white-breasted nuthatches. They peck at my asphalt shingles.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  17. raven

    raven
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2008
    Messages:
    116
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    northern ohio
    thats to cool quads ill admit i have passed on dead trees ,i figure they might need em more than me. I feed em to. I did get the red headed woodpecker to feed the last to winters,seems they are kinda jumpy and prefer the suet off away from the crowd.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  18. allhandsworking

    allhandsworking
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2008
    Messages:
    369
    Likes Received:
    1
    Loc:
    NYC
    I thought it was a woody wood pecker! HA HA HA
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  19. Mrs. Krabappel

    Mrs. Krabappel
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2010
    Messages:
    1,587
    Likes Received:
    545
    Loc:
    Blue Ridge Mountains NC
    Love it! Woodpeckers are called a keystone species because so many other animals rely on the nest cavities they create.

    My porch. I've since upgraded to a feeder with tail support.
    [​IMG]
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  20. quads

    quads
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Likes Received:
    140
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    So cool! I have never had one of them come to my feeder. Have had them come to the water though.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  21. mtcates

    mtcates
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2010
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    9
    Loc:
    Central NC
    Here is a picture where I had three Pileated Woodpeckers in one photo. There were 4 in my yard but I could only get 3 in the picture. Magnificent birds!
     

    Attached Files:

    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  22. quads

    quads
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Likes Received:
    140
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    Awesome!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  23. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Likes Received:
    2,930
    Quads nice video, on the weather front are you staying dry. I see Portage Wisconsin had some bad flooding.


    Zap
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  24. quads

    quads
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Messages:
    2,746
    Likes Received:
    140
    Loc:
    Central Sands, Wisconsin
    It's all around me, but it never floods within miles of my place. Too much sand and the nearest water to my house is a few miles away. We rarely even get puddles when it rains. I was over by La Crosse on Saturday and there was a lot of water there. Hwy 35 was just about ready to go under. Necedah was also bad, and got worse Sunday, or so I heard. Portage is keeping their fingers crossed that one of the old levees, which is about to break, holds until the water goes down. If you draw a straight line between Necedah and Portage, I'm about halfway between the two.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  25. Cluttermagnet

    Cluttermagnet
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2008
    Messages:
    901
    Likes Received:
    54
    Loc:
    Mid Atlantic
    Beautiful and fascinating birds. I love watching them. We have the Pileated type here, too.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page