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Offline 21incher

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Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« on: March 06, 2014, 04:40:22 pm »
I went out in my back yard to place some taps and noticed a big hole that has recently been chewed in a ash tree.

 
If you look about 23 feet up on the Left hand y of this tree there is hole that has recently appeared.
 

 
It is about 8 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide with a small hole below.
 

 
This picture is as far as I can zoom in which shows it is pretty cleanly chewed quite deep and I did not see any sawdust in the snow below. I have never seen a hole this big before and was wondering if anyone may have a idea of what chewed it.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014, 05:10:04 pm »
Wood peckers are after whats inside.  Looks like the valleys from carpenter ants in the heartwood.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 05:20:34 pm »
Yep its Wood peckers
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 05:37:15 pm »
 Grits has got to be better than those small fish {MINNOWS} with boiled potatoes
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 06:12:33 pm »
Most likely Piliated (sp.?) Woodpecker. They are known for large, rectangular holes.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 06:13:42 pm »
A pileated wood pecker maybe.
 

 

And than the mess on the ground.
That is a good wild life tree if no threat to a building.
I saw another tree that the wood pecker has been after too just below my land.

 

 
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 06:46:47 pm »
We did not hear anything so I didn't think it was a woodpecker and there is no wood in the snow under the hole. I will have to keep a eye out to see if it comes back. I hope it got all the carpenter ants or that tree may look like yours thecfarm in the future. Looks like the hole would make a good home for a squirrel.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 07:03:30 pm »
Maybe the wind was blowing when the wood pecker was a pecking.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2014, 08:09:40 pm »
I was coming home and caught him in the act. I had to come home and get the camera. He moved on the back side of the tree. First time I ever really saw one stay on a tree.

 

 
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2014, 09:15:04 pm »
I was coming home and caught him in the act. I had to come home and get the camera. He moved on the back side of the tree. First time I ever really saw one stay on a tree.

 

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Great picture. I will have to keep my eye out for one.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2014, 05:03:16 pm »
My buddy had a tree right in his front yard that looked identical,  just a much larger hole. The woodpecker looked like Woody on some serious steroids!  :D  :D
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2014, 09:35:32 pm »
You're right about pileated woodpecker.  In our forests in western NC they make holes just like that, in old dead trees, and I think sometimes in live trees, if the trees are in some way weakened or sick.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2014, 06:03:29 pm »
Yes to a Pileated Woodpecker.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2014, 06:19:36 pm »
As a note, the woodpeckers are after what is already living within the tree. They are exposing the damage that is already within the tree. Sort of opening the cupboard door there for you to see as they chow on what they find. They are not eating the wood, just removing it to get at where it is already missing.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2014, 08:53:54 am »
Sounds like he must be in a big pine tree across the street now. While out boiling sap yesterday that is all I heard. Hopefully I will be able to get a pic of him. The squirrels seem to like the hole he made in my tree. They are checking it out all the time.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2015, 03:42:35 pm »
Them poor little woodpeckers.  I often hear them hammering away at the trees like a jackhammer.  Can you imagine the headaches they get?
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2015, 08:29:09 pm »
the piliated isn't little.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2015, 10:45:16 pm »
Piliated woodpeckers are a rare sighting around here but I always try to leave a big dead snag around to try to attract them. We'll see a pair about twice a year.

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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2015, 10:12:46 am »
  We have lots of pileated woodpeckers in our area and on my property. Some folks call them wood hens. I love to hear them calling (sometimes in the Spring they will shock a turkey into gobbling) and watching them. I'd leave the tree as long as safe just for the bird viewing it will provide.
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Re: Can anyone tell me what is eating my tree?
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2016, 07:14:04 am »
Built themselves a regular condo.  Club MED like.
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