On Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:26:10 +0000, Martin C. wrote:
Here is a picture of the culprit!
I think it it either a flicker or a woodpecker (California Santa Cruz
mountains near Silicon Valley).
Does anyone recognize this bird in love who is trying to impress a mate
by machine gunning my chimney?
I agree. All I could get with my camera was the head poking out.
I actually have a video of a female (I think) sitting on one end of the
roof and the male (I think) pecking away at my chimney to impress her.
The problem is that I need to first figure out how to edit the video down
to something manageable and then how to post it for you guys to see the
love-struck birds in action.
I agree, it's a flicker which is a type of woodpecker. I've had this happen
when I lived in a apartment in west TN. The chimney was metal so it
resounded loudly! It's happened a couple of times in the spring at my house
in SC. The chimney is also brick but covered with wood. I can sure hear
them hammering when they're trying to attract potential mates.
I had one baffle me for several days in the pre-cable era before I finally
figured it out, banging against the TV antenna pole on the roof at the same
time every day early in morning. I think it's some kind of mating call.
On Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:14:21 -0400, jmcquown wrote:
Here is a better picture of the 'flicker' on my chimney today:
Here he is, pecking away at my metal chimney:
As far as I can tell, he's not going for insects since he stays in the
same spot all the time.
On Thu, 12 Apr 2012 03:58:28 +0000, Martin C. wrote:
Nope, certainly not going for insects. Definitely going for the LOUDEST
possible noise he can make to entice a lady friend into his territory and
chase away interlopers. :)
Northwestern Ontario, Canada
We have the same thing at our cabin
Woodpecker shows up few minutes after sunrise and starts hammering at the
metal pole holding the TV/Radio/Cellular antenna on the roof.
Works at it for 10 minutes and moves on to calm his (mist probable) headache
On Thu, 12 Apr 2012 03:58:28 +0000 (UTC), "Martin C."
Every year in spring I have a woodpecker start banging away on the metal
roof on an old concrete silo on my farm. Talk about noisy..... I bet it
can be heard a mile away. I was told the males do that as a mating
call. I sure cant see any other reason. There's no insects in metal.
He's not here yet this year, but he will be....
I threatened to cut off his pecker if he keeps it up, but a woodpecker
without a pecker would only be wood. :)
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