[CT Birds] Woodpecker
sisserou at charter.net
Thu Nov 5 19:36:37 EST 2015
Regarding shooting/killing a woodpecker - as they are a protected migratory species you need a permit from the USFWS. They will ask if you have tried various techniques before they will consider issuing a permit.
I have had some success by placing wire mesh/hardware cloth over their favorite pecking sites - and that has worked well but is not a deterent to new sites.
If you have one spot that is sheltered from rain from above - there is a huge black spider you can purchase - it hangs from a string and the sound of pecking causes a mechanism to lower and raise the spider.
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