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Subject: Woodpecker problem
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 2:29 PM ET
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It starts at 6 a.m. and continues on and off all day long. A loud tapping sound. I couldn't figure out what it was. It is a woodpecker tapping on our rain gutter. What in the world is so attractive to this bird that he pecks the gutter all day long. I can't get him to stop. The gutter is so high I can't get to it and see if there is anything in it. He is pecking the outside and it doesn't seem he has any plans to stop. He wakes me up which isn't a problem as long as school is still on. I get up at 5 but the weekends I can sleep in but this bird is better then a alarm clock. Maybe he likes the sound of it????? Any ideas???
Date Posted: 5/26/2008 8:45 AM ET
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your woodpecker has a twin....there is one here that does this fairly often though I haven't heard him in the last couple days...

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 5:32 PM ET
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I'm an amateur wildlife photographer - and I can tell you that the best way to permanently rid yourself of any wild animal is for me to point my camera at them!

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 7:36 PM ET
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OH Sharon aren't you for real...I too LOVE to photograph wildlife and it is like the minute you pick up the camera they disappear...When I was trying to get some good shots of some hummingbirds at my feeder I had to resort to setting up my camera on a tripod and using a remote trigger....otherwise I never could get a shot.

The only thing I like photographing as much or more than animals are lighthouses and flowers...oh shoot, also old barns and old trucks and cars in fields of flowers.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 10:15 AM ET
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OMG, this is funny (not!)...We have the same problem, and I looked into it quite a bit last spring. We also have a metal roof, and a chimney, so it's like getting pounded by baseballs against a sheet of tin!!!

The sound is also sort of a mating call and territory announcement---it's not just pecking for food or to make a hole, it's to let other birds know he's there.  I forget how I did it, but I googled something like "woodpecker deterrant" and you'd be amazed at what comes up; all the things you can attach or put on your house to try to scare them away. It depends a lot on how "handy" you are, and how much trouble you want to go to.'

But no, we never found one that works.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 6:42 PM ET
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We have bluebirds that fly up and peck windows.  They sit on the car mirrors and peck at themselves.  Seems like everymorning they set their alarm clocks to half hour before i have to get up!

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 10:44 PM ET
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Thanks for writing everyone. I'll try the camera trick and see if that works.
Date Posted: 5/31/2008 6:49 PM ET
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Cindy,

 

We have a lot of woodpeckers on our property too, but fortunately we live in a wooded area so they peck on the trees instead of our house.  However, I have read that if you put up something shiny around where they are pecking, such as strips of aluminum foil or foil tape, that they will avoid that area.  I have not tried this, so if you do let me know how it turns out!

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 9:07 PM ET
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I have some too...the poeple at Wild Birds Unlimited said that it is a mating thing.  Woodpeckers are treeitorial and they are announcing their territory.  The one good thing is if you can pursuade the woodpecker to stay aroung and not peck on your house (like mine did)  they will chase off all other woodpeckers, because this is "their" territory.

 

Kristi