bobberwatcher wrote:Birds can be fascinating to watch. Was just thinking about the poor things having to contend with this weather and wondering why they come back after flying south for the winter. I guess we'll never fully understand them till we learn how to build a house using just our teeth.
Rambler wrote:downy woodpecker drill a hole in a limb of the cherry tree in our yard
Phil6 wrote:Rambler wrote:downy woodpecker drill a hole in a limb of the cherry tree in our yard
Wanted to point out that our cherry tree also attracts woodpeckers, at a noticeably higher rate than our other trees. They use to love the dying crab apple trees (because they were dying and full of tasty treats) but since the cherry tree has replaced it they seem to enjoy it.
SmalliesNEyes wrote:Fruit attracts a lot of bugs, which in turn attracts a lot of woodpeckers. It's possible that cherries attract some kind of bug that the woodpeckers seem to find more appealing than others, though I would have no idea if that's why, or not.
Rambler wrote:Some more info/observations. The cherry tree in our yard is a Kinzua ornamental. I planted it as a Mother's Day present to my wife over 30 years ago. Beautiful flowers every Spring but doesn't bear fruit. And unfortunately like most cherries it's dying in stages. Years ago it got some sort of parasite & was dying. I went to a garden center with a sample branch. They told me what the disease was & gave me the cure. It was highly toxic. The label said it caused immediate & permanent blindness. So I told my wife & kids to stay in the house until I was done spraying. Then I put on protective gear - goggles, hood, etc. and sprayed. Cure worked but it's still dying little by little. I think the fact that it's in bad shape attracts bugs & hence all the birds.
Noticed the other day that some Chickadees were getting serious about the hole. This might turns into a real Game of Thrones. I'll keep you posted.
Last, SNE - the woodpecker attacking your parents house might not be looking for food. This time of year they hammer at things that make a lot of noise in an attempt to attract mates. When you hear a woodpecker making those classic thumping noises that's what's happening - they're not looking for food. The way to get them to stop hammering on the house is to give them something better. If you can find a log about 6" thick, 2' long, hollow it out, plug both ends & hang it near the house they might prefer it.
Rambler wrote:Well, if they're after bugs they're doing your parents a favor. Good luck!
SmalliesNEyes wrote:.My parent's wood siding on the back of their house seems to attract the woodpeckers, too, much to the chagrin of my Dad.
He's getting ready to hit em with the pellet gun. At least one of them on the siding every morning, pecking at the siding for bugs. They've pecked rows of holes down entire sides of the house, and their pecking echoes throughout the house, waking everyone up because it gets the dogs barking constantly.
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