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Posted By thewoodlands,
May 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM
The old White Pine will take out more trees when it goes.
Hate to see the damage, but I love seeing them birds.
Wish they chose the white pines in my yard over yours, as it would give me an excuse to cut the damn things.
all that delicious beetle grub. Looks like some work from a sapsucker also.
I figure there is a reason the pileated has gone to town on my pine in my front yard. . . and most likely it's because it's got bugs and is not a solid tree any longer. I don't view them so much as damaging the tree, but rather letting me know the tree may be on a downward spiral of life.
Can you get a pic of the bird? We have them all over here, but darn if I don't have my camera ready whenever one is close.
I was out two nights ago without the camera, guess who shows up for ten minutes, the Pileated Woodpecker. He was working on the stump of a tree that came down two years ago. I'll try but it's hit and miss on these Woodpeckers.
This little guy was still on clean up duty long after I removed the overgrown yew
Here is one we caught by the house a year ago.
Yes, they only begin work once beetle larva is in the heartwood, though the tree may not show it yet.