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Dennis Minn
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:19 pm    Post subject: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:04 pm    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote


the video's gotta be more entertaining than outdoors with the morgans. when does it hit the 'tube???
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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).

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have you tried putting up a rubber snake or fake owl. They are both predators of the woodpecker.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:04 pm    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote


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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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:44 am    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:23 pm    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote


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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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:58 am    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:38 am    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote


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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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:15 am    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: OT woodpecker roof inspection... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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