Thursday, March 18, 2010


I believe this is the bird-from-hell making mincemeat of our cedar siding. Here, he is shown innocently eating a sunflower seed, but this is only for show. What they really do is wait until you're taking a nap and then alight on your house peck the heck out of your siding, leaving holes the size of pieces of eight.

The state tells me these winged cretins are a protected species. (If I had a gun, I'd blast them into the next county.) Our only resort has been stringing mylar strips where they've been attacking the wood, which keeps them off that particular area and nudges them along to virgin territory.

We may have to turn the house into a disco ball.

Meanwhile, if you have any bright ideas on how to kill get rid of these stupid things, please leave me a comment. I have a cold and between my nose and the siding, it's a toss up as to which looks worse.


Sharon said...

Mr Fix-it says to use fishing wire, which people can't see but birds can. Stretch some in a pattern where they're pecking. It's supposed to keep them away.

Kathy and Freddy said...

Is that a Flicker? What is it?

Anonymous said...

Get a large cat???

Carol said...

UGH. I have these too, but mine are just plain old woodpeckers. They sure are big peckers.

I have a bunch of holes in our cedar siding that I have attempted to fill with steel wool and brown silicone caulk, but I'm not fooling anyone. You can see them a mile away. I guess I need to get some mylar. Or some vials of bird flu.