Date: 4/3/18 12:56 pm
From: Stephen Shunk <steve...>
Subject: Re: [COBOL] Flicker drumming
I mentioned this earlier, re: the flicker drumming on the house issue, but
I'd love it if someone would do this experiment for me:

- Attach a decent-sized piece of sheet metal to a tree; on top of a large
branch (wrapping the branch?) might be best for flickers (they 'perch'
horizontally better than they 'hang' on the side of a tree), but curving
around part of the trunk would probably also work.
- Use nails but don't pound them all the way in; the tree will grow into
the nails over time, and if the metal is a bit loose, it might make more
- Once the metal is attached, bang on it a bit to see if you achieve the
desired effect.
- Choose a site fairly close to the drumming 'post' on the house but far
enough away so that it won't be too loud for you.
- Also choose a site that is not too hidden, so the birds easily find it.

I actually came up with this idea during a presentation I was giving later
last year. Not that it's some great device I've invented, but it could be a
very useful tool for getting woodpeckers to stop drumming on people's
houses. If you decide to try it out, please let me know.

Happy Woodpecker Watching!
Steve Shunk

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On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 12:32 PM, Bob Sizoo (Ext) <thebobsizoo...>

> I have had a flicker drumming on my TV antenna (Tumalo Reservoir Road) since March 15. He is leaving the wood siding alone, and I expect, like last year, he will attract a mate and they will be off to nest in the pines or junipers. Meanwhile, the chimney amplifies the drumming into the house and I pray nightly he will find true love soon.
> ***************
> All,
> I believe it was yesterday that I heard my first drumming Northern Flickers
> of the season. This afternoon, I found the local guy drumming on the
> streetlight in front of our house. What an amazing ritualistic experience!
> I actually heard three different birds drumming over a 20-minute period,
> all from our apartment on the east end of Knoll Ave., in westside Bend.
> (We're now at 1509, Apt D.)
> * The drumming has begun. *
> Steve Shunk
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