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Old Apr 26, 2013, 9:04 PM   #1
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This Piliated Woodpecker is looking for love in all of the wrong places.

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Old Apr 26, 2013, 9:51 PM   #2
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LOL! You don't usually see a woodpecker on a metal object, now do you?
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 4:59 AM   #3
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LOL! You don't usually see a woodpecker on a metal object, now do you?
I guess you would call it a panel beater!
Nice capture.
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Old Apr 29, 2013, 10:15 AM   #4
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LOL! You don't usually see a woodpecker on a metal object, now do you?
I don't know about that. In the condo development where I live, all the units have metal flue pipes and vents on the roof. I have seen and more often heard woodpeckers try to peck the metal pipes. As far as I know, none of them have succeeded in making a hole!

Philby, great shot.

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He is not really pecking but seems fascinated with the reflections in the windows and mirrors. Year after year he shows up in the spring, spending hours gazing in the car mirrors.
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Fortunately we don't have any woodpeckers in Hawaii. I've heard a few in south Florida and they are noisy when they start hammering away. Unfortunately we have the equally obnoxious Mynah Birds.

Great timing to get this shot.
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I recall reading that what we look for in a lover is a reflection of our self. Seems like he has found what he's looking for.
When I lived in South Carolina, a woodpecker would start in hammering on the aluminum gutters on the house - at 4 AM. Apparently, not having a Facebook account, he was doing this to try to attract lady woodpeckers.

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Old Apr 30, 2013, 12:25 PM   #8
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great shot of a fairly timid bird!

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I don't know about that. In the condo development where I live, all the units have metal flue pipes and vents on the roof. I have seen and more often heard woodpeckers try to peck the metal pipes. As far as I know, none of them have succeeded in making a hole!

Philby, great shot.

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Cal - Woodpeckers "drum" as part of territorial communication and mate attraction. They tend to look for things that will make a loud carrying noise when they bang their head against it. We had one in our neighborhood who used to peck at the corner boards on people's houses. Many people thought they had bugs that the bird was trying to get to. I too made this assumption and pulled down the corner boards and inspected to find no bugs of any kind. That's when the local farm cooperative representative told me they were "drumming" to signify territory and attract mates. I've since switched to vinyl siding and several of my neighbors have replaced damaged corner boards with composite instead of wood. Now the wood peckers just peck on dead trees. This time of year especially it sounds like tiny jackhammers going off in every corner of the forest.
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