Log home owners...woodpeckers?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by RockyToggRanch, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I've lived in this loghome for 3 years, in the forest. I feed the birds in winter. Mostly suet because they waste less. The woodpeckers (several different kinds) peck on the house and it drives me nuts! Just knowing that they're pecking holes in my logs. It's not as bad when I keep two or three feeders full to keep them occupied, but heaven forbid I run out of suet. Does anyone have any suggestions how to keep them from pecking the house? I don't want to scare them away. I don't want to stop feeding the birds. Winters are long and hard here and I enjoy watching them as much as they enjoy the food.
     
  2. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

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    Are you sure they are pecking on your house? Woodpeckers usually peck into trees looking for grubs/bugs. Unless you have some in your house, most woodpeckers would have very little interest in your logs.

    I love woodpeckers, there aren't any (that I know of) in Wyoming. I haven't seen a woodpecker for years...
     
  3. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    I have had woodpeckers peck away at our last house which was cedar shingles-NOISY!
     
  4. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I'm sure they are pecking the house [​IMG] I checked to see if ice balls were falling from the sky, sideways, only to see a huge woodpecker banging the side of the porch post. They are amazingly strong. I can understand in summer when there are bugs everywhere and maybe there are bugs sleeping between the logs... [​IMG]
     
  5. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

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    I don't know what to say then. I don't know how you would discourage them from your house without making them go away completely.
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    They don't just peck to find bugs, they peck to make noise to show the ladies how good they are at pecking at things. One in our neighborhood found out that he could make some serious noise if he pecked at our neighbors metal roof flashing.

    It obviously worked as he found himself a nice healthy female who was impressed with his noise making ability. They nested in a hollow in my maple tree and successfully raised a batch of chicks.

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  7. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

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    Quote:Oh, I'm so jealous!! [​IMG]

    Not of having a woodpecker peck on my house though.
     
  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

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    My house is sided with cedar board and batten and once in awhile the woodpeckers have at it.

    I do not get too worried because I have a large house and I figure it will be a long time before they can chisel it away..

    my father built a bird house and he put a galvanized sheet metal roof on it.. the woodpeckars used to sit on that roof and rat-a-tat away.. I think they just liked the noise it made..

    I have metal roofs on all my buildings and once in awhile the drummers go at them also..

    BTW I do not have any holes in my cedar siding.. they must have a different way of pecking for noise and for food..
     
  9. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
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    Check this out.. I took these toward the back of my property. This tree appeared to be healthy. The holes were huge. It had to hav been a piliated woodpecker by the size of the holes and the spacing. He has not appeared at the feeders..yet.

    if you click on the pix they'll enlarge
     
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  10. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    Our neighbor from Australlia, had a woodpecker get stuck in his chimney and would just peck all day long inside their chimney. He finally got someone to come and get it out.
     

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