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Woodpeckers!

OMG! Spring must be close by cause I've got a woodpecker that's been attacking the cap on my chimney everymorning for the last 3 weeks.
This is insane, and the little twerp is smart enough to get out of my yard whenever I go out there with a pellet gun.
Anyone know how to make this little pecker stop rattling my chimney every morning?
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Even though woodpeckers can be a major nuisance, woodpecker control methods must be humane as these birds are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
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Everyday 6-7 am I hear em.
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He's trying to attract a mate....

Hook him up with Match.com or something
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
OMG! Spring must be close by cause I've got a woodpecker that's been attacking the cap on my chimney everymorning for the last 3 weeks.
This is insane, and the little twerp is smart enough to get out of my yard whenever I go out there with a pellet gun.
Anyone know how to make this little pecker stop rattling my chimney every morning?
Are you currently using the chimney? You could hoist yourself up there and cover the cap with a towel, or something else to make it non-noisy.

Your woodpecker is busy advertising. If he can't make his presence known by using your chimney cap, he will go elsewhere.

Don't be messin' with the woodpeckers! I met Mr. East Hill because I wanted to go look at Lewis's Woodpeckers .

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Lewis=Mr. East Hill?

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I guess you'll have to catch it and take it to a vet to be euthanized.
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Originally Posted by fuzzbox View Post
Lewis=Mr. East Hill?

hehehehe

No!

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Put a plastic, or kite owl on your roof. I used a kite one last year when I was under attack. It either worked or the woodpecker found a mate in short order.
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Put a plastic, or kite owl on your roof. I used a kite one last year when I was under attack. It either worked or the woodpecker found a mate in short order.
I like the prowler owl!

If nothing else, the woodpeckers will be paired up soon, and will stop drumming until next year .

By the way, which woodpecker(s) are drumming?

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....Right.
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I like the little woodpeckers that frequent my neighbourhood... with the squirrels, magpies, chickadees, crows, and kestrels they create some wonderful symphonies.

The woodpeckers lay down a good beat.

I could never contemplate the thought of killing them.
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I like the little woodpeckers that frequent my neighbourhood... with the squirrels, magpies, chickadees, crows, and kestrels they create some wonderful symphonies.

The woodpeckers lay down a good beat.

I could never contemplate the thought of killing them.
We don't have woodpeckers around here, but the pigeons get very annoying. Those little buggers
are just flying rats as far as I'm concerned.
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I like woodpeckers. starlings are the worst. they are both a nuisance and an invasive species. damn Bill Shakespeare!
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12 gauge will do the trick, just don't hit the pipe. And don't forget to eat the evidence.
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Good news for you:

Starlings are an invasive species, and are not protected under any law in any US state to the best of my knowledge. There would be laws concerning shooting in urban areas, but it's open season and no limit here in Washington State.

Same for rock doves aka 'pigeons'. If you don't know your pigeon species, you might want to be cautious. There are native dove and pigeons in the United States, and the hunting of the native species is strictly controlled.

House Sparrows, aka 'English Sparrows' are also an invasive species. You would want to be very familiar with the native sparrows before you go blasting any of them, though.

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In my area we get three types of woodpeckers - the cute little petite Downy - which I saw this past weekend hanging on a suet ball, a medium sized red-headed woodpecker (not sure as to the name) - he seems more of a transient and normally only see/hear them in the Spring-Fall - and also the pileated woodpecker which is one big honkin Pecker! Happened to see one a couple Summers ago when my friend was outside and heard it - when I went out it sounded like a small hammer was smacking the semi-old pine tree - chunks of bark and inner tree was hitting the ground - it was Pileated! Big bird - and upon looking it up - discovered it is an 18" bird with a powerful beak/head! Only saw it once - pretty amazing! The Downy's are cuties!
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In my area we get three types of woodpeckers - the cute little petite Downy - which I saw this past weekend hanging on a suet ball, a medium sized red-headed woodpecker (not sure as to the name) - he seems more of a transient and normally only see/hear them in the Spring-Fall - and also the pileated woodpecker which is one big honkin Pecker! Happened to see one a couple Summers ago when my friend was outside and heard it - when I went out it sounded like a small hammer was smacking the semi-old pine tree - chunks of bark and inner tree was hitting the ground - it was Pileated! Big bird - and upon looking it up - discovered it is an 18" bird with a powerful beak/head! Only saw it once - pretty amazing! The Downy's are cuties!
Your medium size bird is probably one of the sapsuckers (yellow-bellied) or else the red-headed woodpecker.

Pileateds are awesome birds! I manage to see one around here about once a week. They are the largest of the North American woodpeckers (except for the probably extinct Ivory-billed) and are always fun to see.

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Wow, you ladies sure know your 'peckers!
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Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
Your medium size bird is probably one of the sapsuckers (yellow-bellied) or else the red-headed woodpecker.

Pileateds are awesome birds! I manage to see one around here about once a week. They are the largest of the North American woodpeckers (except for the probably extinct Ivory-billed) and are always fun to see.

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I think - pretty sure anyway - wasn't the ivory billed woodpecker spotted a little while ago and officially filmed (fleetingly) last year?

Oh and ... yes, we gurls do know our peckers. (no not mine, HIS! No, I didn't mean that, I meant ... Uh you know what I meant!).

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We have a couple downies in the 'hood- freaks people out to know that we have woodpeckers in the city, although not nearly as much as when they find out that we have bald eagles too (for real- pretty impressive, actually).
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I think - pretty sure anyway - wasn't the ivory billed woodpecker spotted a little while ago and officially filmed (fleetingly) last year?

Oh and ... yes, we gurls do know our peckers. (no not mine, HIS! No, I didn't mean that, I meant ... Uh you know what I meant!).

Well, we're hoping that the film means that there's still Ivory-billeds, but they are very elusive, and the area where they would be found is swampy and very difficult to move around in (which is why they've possibly survived).

Yes, I would say that Tude and I know our 'peckers, and how to tell all of them apart .

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We have a couple downies in the 'hood- freaks people out to know that we have woodpeckers in the city, although not nearly as much as when they find out that we have bald eagles too (for real- pretty impressive, actually).
There's a pair of nesting Bald Eagles about a mile away from where I live. There are nesting pairs all up and down Puget Sound, along with many nesting Ospreys as well.

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My family had a problem with woodpeckers hammering the aluminum tube the TV antenna perched on. I rigged a bottle rocket to the tube and fired it when he started pounding. He left. And yes, we lived out in the country.

My sisters' home had a problem with acorn woodpeckers drilling many scores of storage holes in the eaves. Bro-in-law put hardware cloth over the at-risk areas.
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There's a pair of nesting Bald Eagles about a mile away from where I live. There are nesting pairs all up and down Puget Sound, along with many nesting Ospreys as well.

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Cool! That's about how far the pair we have nesting here in Philly are away from our house too. We don't get many ospreys up here but there are quite a few down the Jersey shore. Speaking of raptors, we do have a lot of red tails and an occasional red shouldered though- there's a cemetery nearby that's home to lots and lots of tasty squirrels, and the peregrines love the high-rise buildings- very effective rock dove management .

I can't wait for warbler migration to start- we routinely get at least 30 different species.
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