Several years ago I was on the Girl Scout Council when they were redoing
the Scout Camp. We finalized all of the contracts and started to
work, when the State got involved and told us we must do an
The State found we had Red Cockaded woodpeckers nesting on the site and
they were endangered. They told us how sensitive these birds were and
how the birds had to be protected from excess noise while nesting. They
gave us a long list of the things we could do and the times of day we
could do it.
We complied, after all the bird was on the endangered species list. We
told the contractors the conditions, and the job was completed, the
state was happy, the contractors were happy, we were happy, and the
girls had the renovated camp.
Later that summer, we got the news that there was a new nesting colony
of red Cockaded woodpeckers on the site. At that point we realized we
had forgotten to tell everyone about the state requirements for nesting
Not knowing the the requirements, the Red Cockaded woodpeckers decided
that a perfect place for a new nesting colony was in the tree outside of
the camp dining room where hundreds of little girls ate their daily
We have woodpeckers here too, but so far not pecking on my siding, only
fences. A couple of ideas come to mind though.. Amazon sells a battery
operate motion detecting rainbird sprinkler you might be able to aim at the
area so they get a good soaking. The other is maybe to just put some of the
black bird netting you get at the nursery in the area where they're pecking
to block them..
On Mon, 12 Jan 2009 04:13:45 +0000, Mark & Juanita wrote
No experience but a thought.
Maybe covering favourite pecky spots with something too compliant for 'em to
get any effective impact?
e.g. rubber, foam, carpet
or a set of stand offs made from wine corks or foam rubber cubes
or soft netting, again on stand-offs so beastie can't get the reach or
purchase to peck effectively..
ditto a grid of nails, connected by rubber bands or fine wire?
or a sign reading "free bird seed!" an ACME rocket sled and a pot of
Except that since a woodpecker can fly, it would be relatively ineffective.
Perhaps an automated plus size flyswatter instead?
Reminds me of the guy in US mid-west I read about. He makes a living using a
jury rigged vacuum to suck gophers out of the ground and deposit them
slightly dazed, but unharmed in a cage. After that they're relocated or sold
to pet owners as feed for hawks and snakes or other predatory animals.
On Thu, 15 Jan 2009 21:44:55 -0700, Mark & Juanita
We have grackles that will chew up fascia and soffit trim like a buzz
saw. A friend uses some kind of garden poison mixed with powder
laundry soap and smears that paste in the appropriate areas...works
Bracka-frackin' grackles! We've got 'em all over the place here in
Austin. I don't know; maybe they're good for something (like keeping
down the bug population) but if they taste anything like chicken I'll
bet we could solve world hunger and still have plenty to go around.
See Nad. See Nad go. Go Nad!
To reply, eat the taco.
Blue Jays and Wood Peckers fight. WP always win, but the air battle is
something to watch.
Our house used to look over a 50 foot drop (edge of a hill) and the area
was littered with coastal redwoods around 125-150 feet tall.
An open area bounded on all three sides by redwoods and one side the house
and more trees - was the 3-D battle ground.
Jays put acorns into holes in the redwood trees. They peck holes and press
in the nut. The acid pickles the worm within and the nut seasons. The next
year they come back and eat the acorns and replace them. These trees have
thousands of holes that your thumb can be inserted.
Peckers peck harder so they always win. But the flight was something all birds
sat out and just watched.
Maybe plastic snakes or plastic jays or a R-C Gatling gun!
Mark & Juanita wrote:
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