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Old 10-27-2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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Woodpecker at the trailer

I heard some knocking this morning and stepped outside to see what it was. To my horror, a woodpecker was on the side of the 5er pecking near a window. No damage that I can tell. Now, as I'm writing this post I heard some more noise and it was pecking at one of our homes windows. Anyone have any ideas how to discourage this maniac!
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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No clue. We have one at our home periodically. Worse- we have a crazy Robin who for 3 or 4 years now bangs against one of our dining room windows like he's trying to get in.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:32 AM   #3
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Must be related too the Cardinal that pecks on our Rearview Mirrors if we pull the vehicles outside. They also like (Shiny) parts,bumper,grill,and trim rings! They peck long enough to leave (Blood) on the area where they Peck! Youroo!!
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:33 AM   #4
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Snap a pic of it..around here we have Flickers which are related to woodpeckers. They do a lot of damage to sheds and homes trying to poke holes through the siding. They are a royal pain and are also protected by some migratory bird act of 1918.
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:47 AM   #5
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Try some mylar strips hanging of a pole or something near you.

https://www.google.com/#q=mylar+strips+birds
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Campster; Don't have time to take a pic and chase it away at the same time. LOL However, it's a pileated woodpecker. The "Woody Woodpecker" variety. We have those in this area. Ford Idaho; We're going to use the mylar strips this afternoon like you suggested. We've had them in the garden during the summer, but looks like I have some other use for them now!
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Campster; Don't have time to take a pic and chase it away at the same time. LOL However, it's a pileated woodpecker. The "Woody Woodpecker" variety. We have those in this area. Ford Idaho; We're going to use the mylar strips this afternoon like you suggested. We've had them in the garden during the summer, but looks like I have some other use for them now!

There are a couple of fruit orchards close by that hang then in their trees.

So it must work for them.
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Put a feeding station out for them. The woodpeckers love suet cakes purchased from the store like these.
If you can't beat them, enjoy them!
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:59 AM   #10
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Put a feeding station out for them. The woodpeckers love suet cakes purchased from the store like these.
If you can't beat them, enjoy them!
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I hear they are good when dipped in orange sauce!
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:52 PM   #11
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What about a plastic/ rubber snake, or a fake owl.? Ive seen both to discourage birds.
- or break out the red rider- just kidding, I know they are probably protected and I wouldn't want ti shoot my camper with one anyway!
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try a plastic owl , hawk or eagle either sit it on something or hang it so they will fly with the breezes.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:43 PM   #13
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I'll bet his pecker gets sore after pecking on the side of your 5r.
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Here's an update. We hung sliver/red mylar strips all over the place and put a plastic owl out there too. Need to hang it up in a tree tomorrow so it swings around like it's flying. Took a walk around the woods trying to find it and didn't see any signs of it. If I do it will be time to try some techniques to permanently get rid of it. I did find some small marks on the rubber gasket around the window. Nothing serious, but disappointing. We're moving the rig this Friday for winter storage, but I'll still be watching for it around the house. Thanks for all the feedback.
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Must be related too the Cardinal that pecks on our Rearview Mirrors if we pull the vehicles outside. They also like (Shiny) parts,bumper,grill,and trim rings! They peck long enough to leave (Blood) on the area where they Peck! Youroo!!
We camped twice in Indian Cave SP. NE with a MH. Both times a Cardinal loved our large rear view mirrors as they were chrome plated. But he (or she) was not strong enough to damage anything. Never had an issue with Woodpeckers. But you never know.
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Here's another update. Still no woodpecker around the 5er or the house. I think the mylar strip hanging all over the place did it. I hear it out in the woods pecking away at trees, but nowhere around where it can do damage.
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Not sure if they migrate, but he could have been passing through and hoped you were taking the 5er to FL soon.
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Not sure if they migrate, but he could have been passing through and hoped you were taking the 5er to FL soon.
That is funny. :-))
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:01 PM   #19
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I had the same problem with nuthatches banging on my rearview mirrors and had to cover them with a rag. If he is near a window he is probably seeing his reflection. Then thinking there is another woodpecker invading his territory. If he perches on the same spot they make some goop in a tube it is just some sticky gel the birds do not like I had to use that when they were making nests in the dryer vent. It worked.
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Sounds like it's time to break out the BUG-A-SALT rifle.
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