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OT woodpecker roof inspection...

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Dennis Minn

06-02-2020 14:19:32




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All,

This bird is tenacious, and very timely. He is ratting something up there around 6 to 618 in the morning.

I got to thinking about a roofing contractor to perform an inspection. Then I thought about a drone to look at what is going on up there.

It hit me. I have a telescopic window washing pole. I zip-tied my hard cell phone belt clip/holder to the pole. Test run one and two are a fail. SHaky and just not enough reach. I do hhave confidence that I will get to see any damage, with a ladder from the ground, using the video function on my cell.

Super long selfie stick! I have never used the cell phone that way, and I have owned it for quite a while.

No birds were injured in this process.

D.

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DoubleO7

06-04-2020 16:04:38




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Dennis Minn, 06-02-2020 14:19:32  
Bone up on various woodpecker activities.

It might only be drumming on your house to attract a mate and warn others that the area is it's territory.

But it might also be drilling holes that attract bugs that can be harvested later.

Or looking for suitable conditions to create a place to hibernate for the winter.

All of the above is more likely vs being after insects that have infested the house on their own.

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John in La

06-04-2020 10:15:09




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Dennis Minn, 06-02-2020 14:19:32  
I agree with 1948CaseVAI.

A woodpecker is not attacking your house for the fun of it. You got way bigger problems than the woodpecker.



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1948CaseVAI

06-04-2020 07:38:04




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Dennis Minn, 06-02-2020 14:19:32  
I would be concerned about what kind of bugs you have in your roof. Neighbor though a pecker working on the side of his house was cute, until he found the bug damage inside.



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Traditional Farmer

06-04-2020 03:58:33




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Dennis Minn, 06-02-2020 14:19:32  
A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers are nesting in a tree beside the yard,yesterday one was on the porch posts inspecting things just looking so far.



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Charles in Aus.

06-03-2020 19:23:32




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Dennis Minn, 06-02-2020 14:19:32  
Stick it to a long pole and leave it on the roof Dennis . It would mean climbing a ladder at the least but that shouldn't be too hard . I had trouble with beautiful Rainbow Lorrikeets stripping my apple trees , I hung old cd and dvd discs around them , the flashing as they turned in the breeze and reflected the sun in odd colours certainly put the wind up those birds . I don't mind them eating the fruit but they like to rip bark off and snap branchlets when they are bored , so I leave the wind falls and bruised ones out for them on a feeder twenty metres away .

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Charles in Aus.

06-02-2020 21:04:23




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Dennis Minn, 06-02-2020 14:19:32  
Do you have , or can you borrow a motion activated trail camera Dennis . By using one of these attached to a pole you might be able to catch the little sod in action . That would be entertaining !



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Dennis Minn

06-03-2020 11:46:55




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Charles in Aus., 06-02-2020 21:04:23  
Charles in aus.

I have several outdoor gamecameras. Unfortunately the area I want to see is quite high, with few nearby trees. Just finding a place to mount the camera, well the cameraman does not want to climb there.

D.



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Greg1959

06-02-2020 17:48:50




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Dennis Minn, 06-02-2020 14:19:32  
Have you tried putting up a rubber snake or fake owl. They are both predators of the woodpecker.



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Dennis Minn

06-03-2020 11:44:01




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Greg1959, 06-02-2020 17:48:50  
Greg1959,

Funny you mentioned that. The red-headed devil was mighty unhappy at my presence, or perhaps the ladder. I am going to leave the ladder in the area, just to see if the "new" item he sees is enough to send him elsewhere. Maybe I'll move it around some to keep him alerted to a change in his environ.

Maybe a fake owl is in the works, but I am going the ladder route for now.

D.



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Goose

06-02-2020 16:42:04




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Dennis Minn, 06-02-2020 14:19:32  
When I was doing the insurance inspections, I had a camera pole, a pole that extended from 4' to 8' long that had a thumb screw that screwed into the tripod lug on the bottom of a digital camera. I then used the timer function on the camera to get photos of roofs and other stuff higher up I wanted to see.

The company I worked for forbid us from climbing ladders, we just used the camera pole to get photos of roofs. Since I'm 6'2", by holding the pole at arms length above my head, I could get the camera about 15' off the ground.

A different company required inspectors to carry, and use, fold up ladders, but I was OK with the camera pole. I always wondered about the liability issue of a ladder. Not the danger of falling off, but if the ladder skidded and scratched the paint on a rain gutter, who was liable?

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daleinWV

06-02-2020 15:04:10




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to Dennis Minn, 06-02-2020 14:19:32  

the video's gotta be more entertaining than outdoors with the morgans. when does it hit the 'tube???



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Dennis Minn

06-02-2020 15:20:10




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 Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... in reply to daleinWV, 06-02-2020 15:04:10  
DaleinWWV,

Oh boy. My life is pretty bland. Some folks' lives can be described as beer, some whiskey, mine is more warm-milk.

If I catch the rascal in action in video, you can be sure I will post it. He is quite reliable, so I may have a decent chance of catching him re-handed (headed).

D.



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