[CT Birds] Woodpecker

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Thu Nov 5 20:23:38 EST 2015

Cornell has a fact sheet on the issue, but I would not recommend the tanglefoot suggestion.   One method I have heard of success from is hanging old CDs on fishing line.  The flashing scares them away.



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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.

Ron, Ashford
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