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  • Woodpecker - he has got to go!! But how?? Any suggestions...

    This has been going on for the last 3 wks "daily" and I'm at the end of my tether with this bird.
    He's trying to get into our attic, and is trying to peck a hole in the woodboard right under the roof on the side of the house. He usually gets started early mornings at about 4.45/5am and returns to his favorite roofspot late evening 8pm until dark.

    He's seemingly not so smart coz during daytime he also targets our living room 'window'!! I have a small half moon window above the regular rectangular window, he lands on there and will peck the window for as long as no one chases him away.

    He has made big holes in quite a few my fence posts, grrr and his latest stunt, pecking a hole in my barn, side of my washstall.

    This bird has got to go, but I have no clue how. I scream at him daily, I've already pointed the hose at him, but that doesn't deter him.

    Please, please all suggestions welcome. Should we buy a plastic pellet gun?
    Anyway I can trap this bird?

  • #2
    We have found that a sling shot ( found at your hunting store) with a pine cone/ ice cube works quite well. Pine cones work well since they make a weird noise when they fly which also freaks them out. My family are big bird watches so we use the pine cone/ ice cube type things that probably won't hurt them if we do actually hit them ( rarely!! lol )

    Also the key is do be pretty persistant right back at him.

    Hope that helps.

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    • #3
      I don't know a whole lot about avian wildlife (I'm more into the wildlife that bites, LOL) but woodpeckers I'm pretty sure are protected by the migratory bird act.

      Is it trying to make a nest or is it after bugs? have you checked the board it's pecking for signs of bugs? You could get up on a ladder and attach some metal window screen over it (not the fabric screen). Maybe that would help?

      It's pecking the window due to it's reflection most likely. Lots of birds are territorial and that woodpecker is probably cheesed off at the "strange woodpecker" in the window that copies everything it does.

      I've had the hummingbirds I've started putting out feeders for this year attacking my Jeep's side view mirrors. One stubborn one hovers in front of it peeping insults on and off all day long.

      Is there a local Audoban you can call? Try calling your state's main Audoban office and asking their advice. They're each state's bird experts. They'll know how to either deter this one or who you can call to have it removed.
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      • #4
        Woodpeckers are persistant, protected AND DESTRUCTIVE. This is a "shoot, shovel & shut up" situation.

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        • #5
          For two yrs a large woodpecker has been pecking at this house for hours at a time. I started buying him those suet blocks that are made for woodpeckers. He now leaves the house alone as long as his suet basket if full. A northern flicker joins him there now too. But if that basket is empty, then watch out. Each time I go out the damn bird dives at my head. ONCE, he came close enough I could feel his wing hit my shoulder. Now, I am very careful to be sure his basket is not empty and he still has not returned to pecking the house.

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          • #6
            I agree with MistyBlue that he is probably pecking on the window because of the "rival" he sees.

            I have tons of woodpeckers at my farm, but they don't bother my house. Maybe try putting out some woodpeck suet or something for him to eat on and it will distract him from the house? Not sure.

            I believe most, if not all, woodpeckers are protected and there a few that are endangered. You could maybe take your chances with s,s,s but if you get caught, it could be some hefty fines. Several species of woodpecker mate for life as well.
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            • #7
              I agree with MistyBlue. If he's pecking a hole in the side of a building, he's looking for bugs, and if he's persisting, he's found a good store of them in your house and buildings. The pecking is food searching, not house building, so you probably have insect infestations which are keeping him around. Look for bees (honey bees in the walls or carpenter bees eating the wood. You can find bees by putting your hand or ear to the wall and hearing the hum and feeling the vibration of the colony) termites and ant colonies.

              I also think you could solve alot of this if you put out suet blocks. My dad had three suet blocks on his back porch, and had 7 or eight woodpeckers every day, including some large pileated as well as smaller downy and redheaded and flickers. They didn't bother the house when the suet was up, but when it was gone they'd start at the house and the work shed in the yard.

              Also, you can really help yourself by putting up metal mesh or cage wire he can't get through over your eaves and over hangs.
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              • #8
                We have a ton of woodpeckers around here but we also have enough trees they are perfectly happy pecking on them instead

                Its the damned huge crows that fly up and peck at their reflection in my trailer all day long that is wrecking my trailer and driving me nuts. They will be going "bye bye" very very shortly ...
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                • #9
                  you'll get in big trouble for killing/harrassing a woodpecker.
                  They peck things for three reasons:

                  looking for bugs. If your woodpecker keeps pecking your house, fenceposts, etc. I'd suggest you have a nasty bug infestation you may want to check out and get rid of.

                  making a nest. Possible, but it's not a mated pair, right?

                  marking territory. many birds sing to say "I'm here go away" woodpeckers go around pounding on things making noise to say "I'm here go away". This is the most common reason they pound regularly on house roofs in early mornings. Also a big reason for pecking shiny surfaces- they see the reflection.

                  Some people claim just sticking strips of shiny mylar tape over areas where the woodpecker is visiting will stop him. Other people claim they will stop in a few weeks whether you do anything or not.

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                  • #10
                    I had extensive woodpecker damage on my cedar sided house a few years ago… that was from one of the small peckers and was repaired by my insurance company (it was that bad). The woodpecker eventually left and hopefully he’s gone for good. I’m told that they often peck wood to attract a mate.

                    A couple of months ago I heard a huge banging on the house and when I went outside to see what was going on, it was a peliated (the huge Woody Woodpecker type) going to town on the house. They’re quite shy, so I only had to yell at him once and he moved along.

                    TrueColours, please don’t kill the crows. They’re the smartest, neatest birds. Maybe give them something else to amuse themselves with other than your trailer.

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                    • #11
                      I've heard it works to hang windchimes in the areas where the woodpecker is persisting - glittery ones or ones with lots of moving parts.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Frank B View Post
                        Woodpeckers are persistant, protected AND DESTRUCTIVE. This is a "shoot, shovel & shut up" situation.

                        You didn't hear it here...
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                        • #13
                          I live in a log house, and last year I had a woodpecker that considered my house an "all-you-can-eat Denny's restaurant"! Not fun. It was going after carpenter bee larvae.

                          Here is a pretty informative website on the topic

                          http://cecalaveras.ucdavis.edu/woodpeck.htm

                          Originally posted by Frank B View Post
                          Woodpeckers are persistant, protected AND DESTRUCTIVE. This is a "shoot, shovel & shut up" situation.

                          You didn't hear it here...
                          Also, are far as the recommendation to kill them, as it described on the website: "Woodpeckers are classified as migratory, nongame birds and are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The red-cocaded woodpecker and the ivory billed woodpecker are on the Endangered Species list and are thus offered full protection. When warranted, woodpeckers, other than the endangered species, may be killed but only under a permit issued by the Law Enforcement Division of the US Fish and Wildlife Service upon recommendation of USDA-APHIS-Animal Damage Control personnel. Generally, there must be a good case to justify issuance of a permit. Woodpeckers are commonly protected under state laws, and in those instances a state permit may be required for measures that involve lethal control or nest destruction. Other methods of reducing woodpecker damage do not infringe upon their legal protection status. Threatened or endangered, however, cannot be harassed."

                          You might want to check with your local extension or US Fish and Wildlife agent for recommendations in your area.

                          Good luck! WJ

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                          • #14
                            I bet he's after carpenter bee larvae or other bugs. I'd be calling the exteriminator to address that issue and Mr Woody will move along to tastier places.

                            For the mirror image pecking check your wild bird store, they have things you can stick on the windows to discourage him.

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                            • #15
                              I have a wood pecker that lives in my barn. He/ she has never pecked anything. He/she roosts in the tackroom at night and then heads out in the morning. funny little creature... I had worried about him doing damage to the barn until I talked to someone that explained that he wouldn't do any damage as long as there weren't any bugs in the wood and so far that has been the truth..
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                                #16
                                Thanks for all the replies.
                                Didn't realize they are protected. I'm not for killing animals anyway, but gosh this one is certainly working on my nerves.

                                I will get a a suet feeder and hang it near the side of the house he's attacking. As well as close to the window.
                                Will see if that hopefully helps.

                                Not sure if we have insects up there, it's so high, I'd have to climb part of the roof itself to get to the spot he selected. He obviously had to pick a spot where one cannot come with a ladder, we'd need a boomlift that can reach sideways far enough to get to it.
                                My barn is new, shouldn't have any insect infestation yet, well you'd think. Same with my fencing which was treated.
                                However that being said, we do have carpenter bees, they upset me hugely too and yes they will drill holes even in brand new treated wood .
                                I'm usually killing as many as pos with a bug zapper, but there's new ones every day.

                                I've taped cardboard on the inside of the window he usually pecks at, but he was trying my kitchen window thereafter. Perhaps I need to board up all my windows and live in the dark .

                                Fingers crossed the suet will do the job. But will I thereby not be attracting the very many crows that live in my pasture or do they only go for meatbites like the vultures I have here?

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                                • #17
                                  I'm betting it's a Flicker (also called a Yellowhammer. They appear to have a lot more yellow on them in person from a distance than they do in photographs). They will not stop coming back regardless of how you scare it. They will keep pecking until they make a hole big enough to get into and often cannot find their way back out. They go in and go up for some reason and sometimes don't know to come back down. This time of year they are looking for a place to build a nest. Their offspring raised in the building will come back next year for more of the same.

                                  What Frank said.
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                                    #18
                                    Hmm, dunno. It's a fairly large bird, say about 2,5 times the size of a robin and it has lots & lots of black dots over its back & feathers. I thought it was black & whit-ish.

                                    One thing is for sure, when he pecks it's the same spot both barn & house, he goes straight for the top part of the roof triangle on the side. When you have a v-shaped roof, on the facade-side he goes straight for the highest part of the triangle, making me think he wants to get into the attic.

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                                    • #19
                                      Suet- I have suet out almost yr round and no trouble with crows bothering it. And I have lots of woodpeckers coming to eat it daily.

                                      You need something on the exterior of the window I bet.

                                      Carpenter bees: I bought this guy's Bee Butter and it works slick. I sadistically enjoy watching them crawl out, get a taste, and die a rather painful death. The traps he sells are REDNECK, but they work, too.

                                      http://www.carpenterbeesolutions.com...nter-bees.html

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                                        #20
                                        Katarine, thank you, I need to forward those carpenter bee traps to my husband, he will love you! He hates those bees so much.
                                        I'm about to place an order for these.

                                        We didn't realize you could do something against the carpenter bees. When we first moved here from Europe, I had never seen anything like it, I panicked and thought considering their size they were 'killer bees', so I called out Viking and asked them to come out the same day as we had killer bees. The guy that came out, had to laugh and said not to worry they're carpenter bees, they are harmless to humans & animals, totally normal in NJ and they usually leave new & painted wood alone. So since we accepted to co-exist with them and I have some daily exercise in summer zapping them.

                                        I will get some suet just to see what happens, but I can hear my husband go : "WHAT first he tries to wreck the house and now I have to feed him @#$%^&! Hope those suet cakes will last a few days, so I don't have to replace them daily, else it'll be an expensive deterrent.

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