Pileated Woodpecker At Suet Feeder

Submitted by: Squrlz4Sale 4 years ago in Science

This monster of a bird puts my Black-capped Chickadees to shame.
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Male 3,477
Beautiful birds. They are rare and very wary of humans. I love the way they fly. They bob up and down with each wing stroke because of their big heads.
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Male 17,511
OldOllie: Ingenious solution.
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Male 6,227

@OldOllie: Funny story!
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Male 15,832
Hey, tb, do what I did. I had a peckerwood drilling a hole in my house. Whenever I heard him, I`d go out and run him off, but he kept coming back to the same place.

I drove a couple of nails into the wall just below his perch and attached a bottle rocket head upside down to the nails. (I used 2 nails so the rocket head wouldn`t spin around.) Then I took a single strand from a multi-strand wire, wrapped it a few turns around the base of the fuse, and connected the ends to some heavy speaker wire. I ran that back into the house and connected it to a 12V battery charger.

When he returned and started pecking away at the house, I hit the juice on the charger, which heated the thin strand of wire enough to light the fuse on the bottle rocket head. He got a blast of rocket exhaust up his @$$ followed by a loud bang. Needless to say, he never came back. }-)
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Male 1,150
really? 4 mins of this poo?
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Male 486
That thing is drating pileated as all get-out!
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Female 3,562
There`s a completely dead tree full of bugs in my yard (far from anywhere it could do damage if it fell) and it`s completely full of holes all over from woodpeckers. Most of the woodpeckers are small, but once in a while I get one of these pilated woodpeckers and it sounds like someone is trying to chop down a tree with a hatchet.
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Female 4,420
wtf is that monster bird?
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Male 4,891

For some reason pecker heads love to bang there peckers on metal...like gutters, flashing, and stove pipes of my house around 6 in the morning. They may not be an endangered species, but these ones are lookin at extinction.
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Male 17,511
You really don`t want one of those birds near your house. the noise will drive you nuts. Not to mention, in many cases you can`t scare them off because several breeds of them are endangered.
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Male 6,227

@QueenZira: Well, if it wasn`t for the birds, there`s be no bird feeders for me to raid. So I`d say it`s kind of an uneasy truce between me and the feathered critters. =^.^=
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Female 2,228
Out for a walk the other day, passed under a small clump of trees and heard the weirdest thing. A small army of "thunkathunkathunkathunka," so I looked up and saw the whole canopy just filled with woodpeckers. It was hilarious! I can see how too much of that can make people go batty.

And anyway Squrlz, aren`t you mortal enemies with the feathered folk? They`re your main competition for sweet bird feedery goodness after all. ;-)
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Male 6,227

One of the things that impressed me about this was the efficiency and force of the woodpecker`s beak: THUNK-THUNK-THUNK! Man, he uses that thing like a cold steel chisel. Here`s an article that discusses the anatomy of woodpeckers` skulls and how it allows them to peck with such force yet not cause damage to their brains.
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Female 1,803
I had a woodpecker pecking on the siding of my house a few weeks ago. I`d be sitting at the computer and hear something knocking. Thankfully, after a few tries I scared it away and it stopped trying to find bugs on my house. I`ve heard of people having to do all sorts of things to discourage a woodpecker from making a hole in their house. They are great to look at but I don`t want the damage.
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Male 40,739
That was fun! Birds are cool. To watch I mean, as well as eat.

Om nom nom!
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Male 6,227

I`m visited by a woodpecker every morning. (Yeah, I went there. Gerry started it. Blame him.)
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Male 2,988
nice one Gerry
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Female 2,761
Love birds! Chickadee is still my favorite, titmouse and downy are all over my feeder today. Usually a bunch of house finches too.
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Male 1,920
@turdburglar
[quote]They let me walk right up within arms reach.[/quote]

That`s because you look like a tasty snack.
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Female 1,515
@ Foote The Pileated Woodpecker isn`t rare...It actually has a huge range and isn`t threatened in terms of population size whatsoever...
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Male 1,920
I was waiting for this at the end:

Clicky

Someone needs to splice it in.
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Male 4,891

"The problem is, you people don`t realize how rare this woodpecker really is."

I guess I`m lucky. I have a couple visit my feeder every day. They let me walk right up within arms reach.
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Male 39,902

@ Foote - The older you get the more rare it becomes.
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Male 109
The problem is, you people don`t realize how rare this woodpecker really is.
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Male 6,227
@All: Yeah, I know: it`s long. There was no shorter version. V_V
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Female 6,381
I liked the part where he pecked. X-O
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Female 2,691
I watched all four minutes and twenty four seconds of it. Now I`m going to go outside and watch the grass grow.
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Male 39,902

Pretty bird to look at.
Boring video to watch.

Sorry Squrlz.
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Male 6,227
@Turdburglar: LOL. It`s big, isn`t it? =^.^=
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Male 1,745
that was 4 minutes too long.
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Male 4,891

@Squrlz - Thank you for showing us your beautiful pecker.
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Male 6,227
Link: Pileated Woodpecker At Suet Feeder [Rate Link] - This monster of a bird puts my Black-capped Chickadees to shame.
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