Woodpecker

thewoodlands Posted By thewoodlands, Mar 28, 2010 at 12:18 AM

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  1. thewoodlands

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    I was under this tree picking up the last rounds of cherry to split then I could feel bark hitting me plus landing all around me, what type of woodpecker is this?

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    Looks like a downy woodpecker.
     
  3. thewoodlands

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    Thanks Quads, he sure was going to town on that tree.

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    They're fun to watch, always busy. The downy and hairy woodpeckers look similar, but the downy are a little bit bigger than a chickadee and the hairy are about the size of a robin. Males have some red on their head, females don't.
     
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    Good link thanx, I passed it along and saved it for future reference..

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    Thanks for that link Rick. Info there verified what we thought about the Cardinals attacking one of the stove room windows.
     
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    I'm a little slow on the up-draw sometimes and for a long time could never remember which was which . . . until my much smarter (and prettier than me) wife said, "It's not that hard Jay . . . hairy woodpeckers are huge compared to the downy . . . just think hairy and 'h"." Of course, that was before we saw the pileated woodpecker . . . which truly was huge . . . compared to both the hairy and downy woodpeckers.
     
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    The pileated makes me stop and stare in amazement every time I see one. So cool!
     
  10. thewoodlands

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    Here you go Quads.

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    Yep, that's him!
     
  12. webie

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    Ok so how do I keep these little monsters from drilling holes in my house ?
     
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    Don't let ants or other bugs play House in your home . . . no bugs = no woodpeckers drilling holes in your house . . . at least that's been my experience and I have a feeder with suet blocks located not more than 10 feet away from my cedar shake covered house.
     
  14. billb3

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    I've heard that some people have this problem and the woodpecker is not eating bugs but either attracting a mate of scaring other males off.

    Don't know what a cure would be for mating and / or territorial rituals , but maybe one or some of those wire thingies that boaters use to keep sea gulls from perching on their boats would work.


    Some might suggest a fake predator , but I've seen seagulls perched on fake owls, so I don't think that works too well.
     
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    Maybe they were really dumb seagulls and were attempting to mate . . . a sea owl? owl gull? seagowl? ;) :)
     
  16. vvvv

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    Had 1 pecking at a standing aluminum ladder, for days & until I took the ladder down, so to make the noise so try similar & it might keep him off your house.
     
  17. webie

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    The idiots hammer the east side of the house early in the morning when the sun starts to come up and hits it . I have lots of them around here on a warm calm day in the morning you can here them all over drilling .
    As far as the bugs I had one pecking at the cinder block on my chimney .......must have been concrete bugs.
     
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