If it's only one hole, it's a nest. If they're poking holes all over
the house, you have a hidden food source.
At some point the woodpeckers (there's no such thing as one), will
start advertising for mates. This usually consists of drumming. If
you want to hear a god awful racket, check out an advertising
woodpecker drumming on an aluminum downspout. This is a common problem
and it gets on peoples' nerves very quickly. If you think woodpecker
drumming is cute, I guarantee that your neighbor won't like _your_ cute
There are several ways to get rid of woodpeckers that are not harmful
to the pecker. Some people use a plastic owl or other bird of prey to
scare away the woodpecker. There are also noise activated plastic
spiders, big ones, that climb up and down a wire in response to the
noise. This is very effective in stopping the drumming - at least
until the pecker finds another location nearby.
Start with the owl.
I only suggested non-harmful ways, so I'm not sure why you're getting
your knickers in a twist. The suggestion of jail time suggests you
believe that all woodpeckers are protected.
The red-cockaded and ivory-billed are the only two woodpecker species
protected under the Endangered Species Act. Considering that the
ivory-billed was thought to be extinct until only a short time ago it's
probably safe to assume the pecker in question is not one. The
red-cockaded woodpecker excavates nests in living trees (only
woodpecker species to do so) and lives in social groups. It's not one
of those either.
If you were referring to the Migratory Bird Conservation Act or the
Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, there are indeed a wider variety of
woodpeckers that fall under their protection. As I am not suggesting
the OP hunt them, take eggs (if any), disturb the nest, or start a
black market trade in the single woodpecker they've seen, those laws
I cannot comment on the species. In the South the woodpecker bores
into the pine tree about 30 feet or so. The sap (turpentine) repels a
During a hurricane; pine trees are snapped off at the thirty foot
level (hundreds) ... killing the habitat. The nest is at the weak
point in the tree. This happened in the plight of the woodpecker in
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
If they could selectively breed variations of that woodpecker species
that would nest at different heights, the next hurricane would knock
down the trees in precut lengths. Now where did I put those patent
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