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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongo59 View Post
    We have always had Pileated Woodpeckers on our property but yesterday was a first. I saw three full grown adults in the same place at the same time.

    I am not sure if this means they are increasing in number or what, but it is nice to see...
    Most likely mom, dad and this year's young. I've observed this frequently at this time of year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leadeye View Post
    I would imagine that anything eating the EAB grubs and beetles would be doing well.
    The EAB have pretty much killed all the ash trees around here and moved on in your direction.

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    In the woods I hunt, I have to watch about ten of them battle for hours. It’s like Lord of the Rings and LOUD!
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    I have woodpeckers of all types and sizes (including Pileated) around my house.

    Some of the little peckerheads even peck through the siding of my house - requiring repairs nearly every year we've lived here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hkindiana View Post
    I see them quite often, along with every other woodpecker variety, EXCEPT red headed woodpeckers. Not the common red-bellied woodpecker with a red head patch, but the red headed with a FULL red head. The only redheaded woodpecker I have seen in ten years was dead on the road.
    We have two Red Headed Woodpeckers that light on our tree often throughout the day.

    Last year we had a Pileated hatch a couple babies. It was cool watching them learn how to fly. I haven't seen them yet this year.

    We also had a hawk with little ones last year hanging in our back yard. Haven't seen them either this year.
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    Pileateds are carpenter ant specialists - the will excavate entire nests. Red -headeds tend to fly lower than other woodpeckers when moving between woodlots, and get hit by cars a lot. So much so that they tend to be rarer in more urban areas.
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    Have a pair of them that frequently visit out suet feeders. They do have a loud cackle.
    Largest woodpecker in North America

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    Quote Originally Posted by COOPADUP View Post
    Have a pair of them that frequently visit out suet feeders. They do have a loud cackle.
    Largest woodpecker in North America
    Might be the largest left. The Ivory Billed is classified as extinct, and the Emperor as Critically Endangered and likely extinct. Last confirmed records are from the 1950's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spencer rifle View Post
    Pileateds are carpenter ant specialists - the will excavate entire nests. Red -headeds tend to fly lower than other woodpeckers when moving between woodlots, and get hit by cars a lot. So much so that they tend to be rarer in more urban areas.

    This is good to know and makes them even more welcome here. We have a log home and carpenter ants are battled on an annual basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongo59 View Post
    These were fascinated with a cedar fence post for some reason. We do have literally hundreds of dead ash for them.

    I know what kind of firewood I will be burning this year, and the next, and the next...
    Many species of woodpeckers use different trees, or surfaces such as house siding and fence posts as "sounding boards".
    They use them to call mates. They are not always looking for food.

    When they find a surface that produces the tone they like, they won't quit, unless they find something better.

    I have a customer that live next to Happy Hollow Park on West Lafayette.
    His siding gets hit every year, but we have managed to lessen the damage by installing some sounding boxes.
    We used the same tongue and groove siding that is on the house.
    We made boxes about 8" square and about 2 feet tall.
    We hanged these about 6" away from the house at the roof level.
    The woodpeckers use it a lot, but unfortunately not exclusively.

    Maybe additional boxes are needed.
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    Used to have a Pileated using a metal sign to announce himself. He did that for several years.

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