Just got home from church, and I noticed this in our yard:
Yep, the Piliated Woodpecker is at it again. They are the most gorgeous birds but I don't see him very often because they like to hide. I hear him daily though. This tree is very close to our deck, and I am SO glad he did not attack our deck again. Yes, he did that a couple of years ago. Oh my!
Dude. That is some serious wood pecking! Pilated are the ones with the red head, correct? We used to have a pair that would come back every year and work on the telephone pole in the back corner of our yard.
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Post by Restless Spirit on Feb 10, 2019 16:12:56 GMT
That’s some serious woodpecker holes!
We have multiple bird feeders in our backyard and we see red-bellied woodpeckers every day. So far we have never had any damage, but you can hear them pecking on the trees in our yard and the nearby neighbors. Occasionally one will get on our roof and it will peck away at a part of the chimney. However, the part they can reach is metal - and mercy what a racket that makes! We also have the small Downey woodpecker visit, but don’t see them as often.
michym, Restless Spirit, and NanaKate, they are on a mission and do serious damage FAST! I have watched him work before. They are huge!! Actually the 2nd largest woodpecker in the U.S. He does have a red-head. We also have Downey Woodpeckers and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers (have a red head also) in our yard. They even come to the bird feeders but Piliated Woodpeckers like to hide. I love when I see him, and they laugh like monkeys. They are quite funny to hear!
We used to have a Pileated that nested in a dead birch on our yard and I loved it! Then I watched a stupid squirrel push his nest from the hole and now he choses a neighbors yard. But I still hear him and sometimes get a glimpse! They are awesome!
seasidemermaid and Belle, yes, they are going after bugs. This tree is very alive and well. It bloomed gorgeous last year. Not sure what will happen now though. Every tree I have seen a Piliated attack looks like this afterwards. Here is a Piliated in action. They literally throw hunks of wood at a time. I have seen him do it in our yard. Oh dear.
It reminds me of growing up. We lived in the timber, in a cedar sided house... so many days we were woken up by the woodpeckers making holes in the house.
They were surprised once it got new steel siding!
The woodpeckers around here have lots of houses with cedar siding to peck at! However, it is always so funny when they peck at the metal insert connected to the chimney. It makes such a strange sound...
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Wow! We have a couple of really large woodpeckers that hang out in our ravine. But I have never noticed holes like that from them! There must be something awfully tasty hiding in that tree for him to make him do all that work! 😄
We had one pecking at a light pole a few years ago. A metal pole.
In college, I lived in dorms that were quite a distance from main campus. The light poles were metal with a large plastic globe on top. Sunday mornings, without fail, woodpeckers would somehow position themselves and tap their beaks on the plastic globe, which echoed through the courtyard. And like clockwork, windows would fly open and shoes would be tossed. Sunday mornings meant a pile of shoes at the base of the light pole.
We have had one come around every spring for several years. He doesn't peck at the trees. He pecks at the pipes on the houses. Not sure what is wrong with him.
According to US Fish and Wildlife: "Woodpeckers peck into trees in search of food or to create a nesting site. They also "drum," or peck in a rapid rhythmic succession to establish their territory and attract mates. Drumming usually occurs in the spring on metal or wood resonant surfaces"