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Old 03-02-2018, 10:46 AM
 
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I live in a highly wooded area and am now noticing lots of woodpeckers in my backyard. Is it true that they only peck at dead trees? If not, will they kill my trees and what exactly are they doing ?
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I live in a highly wooded area and am now noticing lots of woodpeckers in my backyard. Is it true that they only peck at dead trees? If not, will they kill my trees and what exactly are they doing ?
Woodpeckers don’t only peck on dead trees - but most species are pecking on trees that have an under-the-bark insect infestation. It’s the bugs they are after. The woodpeckers won’t kill your trees, but the bugs certainly can.
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Old 03-02-2018, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I live in a highly wooded area and am now noticing lots of woodpeckers in my backyard. Is it true that they only peck at dead trees? If not, will they kill my trees and what exactly are they doing ?

They are fun to watch, as many times they will go around and around the tree for those bugs...and those beautiful colors of the feathers...

OP, do you know what the names are for your woodpeckers?
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:14 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I live in a highly wooded area and am now noticing lots of woodpeckers in my backyard. Is it true that they only peck at dead trees? If not, will they kill my trees and what exactly are they doing ?
They can be testing trees for dead or punky wood that is a sign of a bug infestation. Also for a soft spot to dig out a nest cavity. Spring is on the way! There can be rotted areas on live trees too such as where large limbs have broken off, places where one tree hit another, rot at the base of the tree or from a broken crown. That's an area of weakness. If you walk your woods you'll probably find standing dead or dying trees that have attracted them. Then they "test" other trees around the same area. Another sign of a compromised or diseased tree is conks or "brackets" (fungal fruiting bodies) on the bark.
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:15 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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If you have wood siding or trim they will also peck at that. Also during breeding season on metal gutters or poles.
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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If you have wood siding or trim they will also peck at that. Also during breeding season on metal gutters or poles.
HATE it when they do this!! What a racket! Makes it worse that they know it full well.
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Ft Myers, FL
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If you have wood siding or trim they will also peck at that. Also during breeding season on metal gutters or poles.
We have woodpeckers pounding on our gutters. Drives our cats nuts!
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Old 03-02-2018, 04:01 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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We have woodpeckers pounding on our gutters. Drives our cats nuts!
One, or rather several, over the course of a couple decades used to hammer the gutter outside my youngest daughter's room. Drove her crazy (and for her it wasn't a very long drive).

She came back from her first year in college and we hadn't heard it all Spring. First morning she's back and it's waking her up at 6AM.
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Old 03-02-2018, 05:24 PM
 
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If you have wood siding or trim they will also peck at that. Also during breeding season on metal gutters or poles.
OMG! That's what they do to our roof...same time every year. Such a racket! They don't stop no matter how much you bang on the ceiling.
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Old 03-02-2018, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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I live in a highly wooded area and am now noticing lots of woodpeckers in my backyard. Is it true that they only peck at dead trees? If not, will they kill my trees and what exactly are they doing ?
Hang up some woodpecker suet feeders. This helps keep the locals off our house with wood siding most of the year. Mating season though they lose their minds and peck our roof.....not sure why they think the green asphalt shingles are their new honey.
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