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Pileated Woodpecker At Suet Feeder

Hits: 10403 | Rating: (2.4) | Category: Science | Added by: Squrlz4Sale
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tommy2X4
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3331 Posts
Thursday, February 21, 2013 7:52:06 PM
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.

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 16950 Posts
Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:38:56 AM
OldOllie: Ingenious solution.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:31:30 PM

@OldOllie: Funny story!

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 13890 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:03:19 PM
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.

whipplefunk
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 660 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:05:22 PM
really? 4 mins of this poo?

Barnk
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 480 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 7:49:28 PM
That thing is drating pileated as all get-out!

SarahofBorg
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 3573 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 7:27:12 PM
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.

emmettyville
Female, 40-49, Australia
 4244 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 6:50:53 PM
wtf is that monster bird?

turdburglar
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3577 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:48:36 PM

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.

CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 16950 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 3:48:46 PM
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.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 3:03:03 PM

@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. =^.^=

QueenZira
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 2181 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2:59:57 PM
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.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2:52:34 PM

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.

lauriloo
Female, 40-49, Midwest US
 1805 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2:44:50 PM
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.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24890 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2:36:50 PM
That was fun! Birds are cool. To watch I mean, as well as eat.

Om nom nom!

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:53:09 PM

I'm visited by a woodpecker every morning. (Yeah, I went there. Gerry started it. Blame him.)

CoyoteKing
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 2994 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:48:31 PM
nice one Gerry

HalfPintRoo
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 2475 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:39:52 PM
Love birds! Chickadee is still my favorite, titmouse and downy are all over my feeder today. Usually a bunch of house finches too.

MrPeabody
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:21:01 PM
@turdburglar
They let me walk right up within arms reach.


That's because you look like a tasty snack.

inaria
Female, 18-29, Canada
 1521 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:15:57 PM
@ Foote The Pileated Woodpecker isn't rare...It actually has a huge range and isn't threatened in terms of population size whatsoever...

MrPeabody
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:11:57 PM
I was waiting for this at the end:

Clicky

Someone needs to splice it in.

turdburglar
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3577 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:02:56 PM

"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.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:02:34 PM

@ Foote - The older you get the more rare it becomes.

Foote
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 105 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:41:16 AM
The problem is, you people don't realize how rare this woodpecker really is.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:06:21 AM
@All: Yeah, I know: it's long. There was no shorter version. V_V

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