Pesky Woodpeckers!

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  1. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I have a pesky woodpecker using my wooden outbuilding as a drumming studio. Any thoughts keeping him away? Nothing involving weapons, explosives or poisons, please.
     
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    Good idea. Hope it won't scare the cat.
     
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    Not after a while, but you may lose whatever song-birds that visit from time to time. :(

    EDIT: Cross-post.
     
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    Maybe I should just put up a picture of Wally Walrus...

    [​IMG]

    Then again, he didn't have much luck getting rid of the woodpecker either.
     
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    I've always wondered how effective those fake owls were. I've seen them around. I figure they are to scare other birds. After a while you'd think the other birds would figure it out that the owl is a stature and does the owl realy eat other birds?
     
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    It only needs to up until then end of mating season. He's not looking for food as far as I can tell but drumming for a mate.
     
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    Place I work is within the confines of a food factory, they had a problem with pigeons and bought owl statues.
    The pigeons just sat on top of them, they got pretty friendly with them too, all gatherin' 'round 'em and cooing and suchlike.
    I reckon the pigeons thought the owls were real but maybe affected by somekind of paralysis so they just took the mickey thinking the owls couldn't catch 'em.
    Owls will kill and eat other birds but it depends on the species of owl.
    They eat mice too, which is why I think that mice aren't as clever as pigeons, the pigeons just chilled and sat around with the owls but the mice took down all their little ladders that they'd used to climb the pallets of seed with and went away.
    If you've got a mouse problem the owl statues might work, but pigeons, and probably woodpeckers, are too clever for that sort of thing.
     
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    Train your cat to run to the drumming spot on the outbuilding, with a hopeful look on its face. Shouldn't take more than half a bag of kittie treats.
     
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    And it's a wooden shed. Lots of purchase there.

    Did you see that cat that climbed a wall, just to get at a spider at the ceiling?

    Piece of cake for a shed, with a cat that has all his 'talents' intact.
     
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    Ha! Fat chance with my cat. Think Garfield but in black and white. Looks like Woody has decided that my outbuilding is not so good because he hasn't returned in a while. I will see what happens before doing anything else.
     
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    If the woodpecker has a specific spot it likes to drum from, you could make it unattractive by covering it in something unfriendly, like sheet aluminum. I'm thinking a staple gun and a few layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil for a start. Escalate to sheet aluminum from a hardware store if necessary.
     
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    Most likely a season of mating behaviors. Try to live with it. YMMV.
     
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    Perhaps he's showing he would be a good provider.

    Not so good, if it was a metal clad shed. :p
     
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    Glad to hear woody got his pecking done with. Hopefully he doesn't return when he needs more tail.


    http://upc.*************/uploads/catmacros/OwlCreepOut.jpg

    That is evil genius.
     

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