[va-bird] Woodpecker Advice Needed

  • From: pchapla@xxxxxxx
  • To: va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 11:35:08 -0500

Apparently a downy woodpecker has decided to eat my colonial porch in historic 
Parkfairfax.  Over the weekend, he has drilled a 3 foot line in the upper wood 
frame facing the street.  I haven't seen or heard him but my neighbors have and 
said he is at it most of the day.  The wood is probably 25 years old and was 
recently repainted in August.  The porch has a very high ceiling so it is not 
something I can take care of myself.
Before calling my condo office, I would welcome any advice/thoughts on what to 
do if the little guy continues.  The porch is right next to a huge hemlock 
cedar that I've often seen him working.  We lost a big dutch elm to disease 
earlier this summer in the back, but I would hope there are plenty of food 
sources in the Mt. Eagle woods behind me.
Pat Chapla
Alexandria, VA
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