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Old 05-13-2011, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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How close to the road was the patch? We had put out some brush for the pick-up and when the guy came he gouged the lawn quite badly with the machinery used for the pick up.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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Just googled them. Sure are pretty!
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:45 PM
 
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The Aliens softened the dirt first.....flickers follow the saucers.
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:22 AM
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Location: Florida (SW)
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Great story telling, bangorme! I really enjoyed reading your post and clues.

I saw a piliated wood pecker destroying a rotted fallen tree next to my house.....just ripping it to shreds.....but I had discounted birds being out and about at night.....what time were the flickers out?
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Flickers are a natural pesticide. They're after ants, ant larva, grubs, etc. Sounds like they had a great meal!

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I saw a piliated wood pecker destroying a rotted fallen tree next to my house.....just ripping it to shreds.....but I had discounted birds being out and about at night.....what time were the flickers out?
A while ago someone posted a photo here and asked what shredded a tree. I said it was a pileated. Noooooooooo.......couldn't be a bird. Birds don't do that. Obviously they do. It's interesting to see how quickly they can shred the fiber.

The spring migration is over but there are still night birds active. In the fall you'll be able to step outside at night and listen to a lot of birds overhead.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Great story telling, bangorme! I really enjoyed reading your post and clues.

I saw a piliated wood pecker destroying a rotted fallen tree next to my house.....just ripping it to shreds.....but I had discounted birds being out and about at night.....what time were the flickers out?
Thanks Elston. They were out in broad daylight doing their thing on my lawn.

Flickers migrate in most of Maine and are only here when the bugs are out. They are BEAUTIFUL birds and will come to suet feeders if in the neighborhood. They are perfectly adapted to eating ants (I wish mine would latch onto the ant hill that is in the field next to my house), but will eat other ground bugs when they find them. I've read that they are gradually being endangered by the starling, which is a foreign transplant that likes the same nesting areas as flickers. The trick to having woodpeckers around is to have dead trees around. Please don't cut them down!!!

Grats on seeing a pileated woodpecker. I haven't seen one in Maine for years. Saw quite a few Virginia while I was stationed there.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:56 AM
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Have lots of the pilated "woody woodpecker" around me......and also have several old snags in the woods that they love to use to telegraph their territory or availability.....and they can rip up old wood like a machine!!!!!!

I did see a flicker (yellow bellied sap sucker) last year around this time.

I misunderstood I thought you caught them at it in the night and that would have been something I wouldnt have expected.....but the rascals were out in broad daylight!
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