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#1 Dilee3

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:47 PM

I saw this in Vermont today. It was pecking on the guardrail.

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#2 Limpkin

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:47 PM

Yup, for sure!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:36 PM

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker seconded!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:41 PM

I saw a photo of some kind of woodpecker (I don't remember which) that was on a daily photo montage in an on-line newspaper (sfgate.com). The bird was on top of a traffic light and the caption said that it was drilling on the light for some time. There were about a dozen comments about how stupid the bird was for thinking it was a tree.

Not that I am accusing you of thinking the same, but to any new birder out there, woodpeckers will often drill into metal because they are looking for a mate and the sound of drilling into metal carries a thousand times farther and louder than drilling into wood. It basically sounds like machine gun fire, and is quite effective in luring mates to the area.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:49 PM

It basically sounds like machine gun fire, and is quite effective in luring mates to the area.


My favorite around here is hearing and watching Northern Flickers drumming on the vent pipes on our neighbors' roofs. It must be really frightening to be in those houses if you're not expecting that. So far, they haven't used our roof.

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#6 Dilee3

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:14 PM

That is funny! I hadn't heard of that.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:20 AM

I saw a photo of some kind of woodpecker (I don't remember which) that was on a daily photo montage in an on-line newspaper (sfgate.com). The bird was on top of a traffic light and the caption said that it was drilling on the light for some time. There were about a dozen comments about how stupid the bird was for thinking it was a tree.

Not that I am accusing you of thinking the same, but to any new birder out there, woodpeckers will often drill into metal because they are looking for a mate and the sound of drilling into metal carries a thousand times farther and louder than drilling into wood. It basically sounds like machine gun fire, and is quite effective in luring mates to the area.


True, but they aren't actually drilling into it when they drum, just making a lot of noise. I was woken up very early one morning while camping, from YB sapsuckers drumming on the metal roofs of the outhouses.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:37 AM

I've had them peck on the metal vent pipes on the roof of our house. Believe me, they can make a lot of noise drumming on metal!!

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:42 AM

Red-bellies at my house are fond of my chimney cover. . . it's soooo loud!!! "THUD, THUD, THUD, THUD. . ." :blink:

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