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Old 04-23-2019, 06:19 PM
 
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I vote leave the woodpecker alone too. The nest has already been made anyway, just let nature do its thing, and enjoy watching it.
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:11 PM
 
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Yeah I don't want to hurt him. I was hoping to put something to make him find another area, some kind of decoy, smell, etc..

My concern is that he's hurting the tree; I was surprised when I looked into the cavity how much was hollowed out. I'm worried it may cause the tree to be weaker in case of high winds or something, or the damage to the tree cause it to become diseased.
Call a tree service to find out
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:25 PM
 
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Call a tree service to find out

Hopefully after the nest is no longer in use.
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Old 04-24-2019, 05:27 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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There may be something going on with the tree anyway. Woodpeckers typically choose trees due to an insect infestation.

Exactly.


They don't waste their own time pecking away where there's no food for them, and they build their nests in trees with softened wood. It's presence there means there's something wrong with the tree.
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:16 AM
 
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For the record, my wife's opinion was "Leave the woodpeckers alone!"

But I'm a bit paranoid about that tree snapping at the mid point where he's weakened it when there are wind gusts. If it fell, some of it would hit the house.
There's already something rotting within the core of the tree otherwise the woodpecker wouldn't have been able to make a hole that big into it. So you will have to do something about the tree anyway.

It's easy to solve and make everyone involved happy. Just get that one tree topped off 3 to 4 feet above the woodpecker's nesting hole, which would leave the bottom 10 - 11 feet of the tree trunk still standing. But wait until early autumn to have it done. It gets rid of the risk of the dying tree's upper part snapping off and causing damage in a high wind, and the woodpeckers will still come back next spring to the same nest hole they built in the standing tree trunk that remains. You will have a woodpecker condo.

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Old 04-25-2019, 04:37 AM
 
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Amen

Just leave him alone

He'll eat bugs before they attack your other trees.
Woodpeckers and pines have coexisted for millions of years. Trees live long lives (even many pines) and survive with much larger cavities in them than the wood pecker has made. If your tree dies it's because it was already diseased.
Leave the pecker alone and allow her to reproduce.
Don't do anything to the tree right now. There's no need to. The tree isn't going to snap in half because of one cavity caused by the bird. Many trees are almost hollow inside in areas without you even knowing it.

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Old 04-26-2019, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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There's already something rotting within the core of the tree otherwise the woodpecker wouldn't have been able to make a hole that big into it. So you will have to do something about the tree anyway.

It's easy to solve and make everyone involved happy. Just get that one tree topped off 3 to 4 feet above the woodpecker's nesting hole, which would leave the bottom 10 - 11 feet of the tree trunk still standing. But wait until early autumn to have it done. It gets rid of the risk of the dying tree's upper part snapping off and causing damage in a high wind, and the woodpeckers will still come back next spring to the same nest hole they built in the standing tree trunk that remains. You will have a woodpecker condo.

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This......is brilliant, thank you!
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