BIG Woodpecker is serious!!!

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These guys come to our suet-boxes all the time.. many vids of them available for those that would like to see them!

Looked out the other day and saw this one just wearing out this 4' dead tree stump we use as a bird feeder!
Look at the BIG chips it "hammered" off it! -



They must think they hear something in it -





It's been dead for years -





And now seeing him in action -


 

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I love those. My parents up in Michigan have lots of them in the summer. Kills me when you hear them pecking at metal. Makes my head hurt.
That guy is really throwing some big chunks.
 

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I love those. My parents up in Michigan have lots of them in the summer. Kills me when you hear them pecking at metal. Makes my head hurt.
That guy is really throwing some big chunks.
I was going to mention the metal.
They peck on our steel poles.
I wonder why?
There are no larvae living inside....
 

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Sounds like you guys need to get access to the Big 10.

Don’t know anything about college sports, but I know pain in a voice longing for something... :)
 

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as usual... those that have to show how meaningless their thinking is --- this post is about big woodpeckers that are becoming more rare as the days go on...
 

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Woodpeckers don't just hammer looking for food. It is part of their courtship ceremony to attract mates and proclaim territory, hence their use of metal objects like poles and siding. Thanks for the pictures, Terry.
 

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where did you come up with that ? -- source for claims only considered...
 

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where did you come up with that ? -- source for claims only considered...

Not discounting they may be attempting to excavate nests in metal objects and surfaces but most any Field Guide to Birds
should mention the courtship and territorial behaviors. If you want a specific one there is the National Audubon Society Field Guide to
North American Birds - Eastern Region. And WOODPECKERS - An Identification Guide to the Woodpeckers of the World.
Your bird looks like a male Pileated Woodpecker. Let me know if you ever get an Ivory-billed.
 
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