Kristen over at We Are THAT family decided to shake Works For Me Wednesday up. Today, instead of sharing something that works for us, we are to present a dilemma and ask you, the loyal blog fan for a solution.
Typically, when I have a problem, I consult nag McDaddy. He is quick to fix whatever it is that needs fixing around here. Usually, he has the problem fixed before I know there is even a problem.
That was not the case today. And, since he is unavailable, I had to consult my trusty friend, Google.
Google is a good friend to have because he is always available and if he doesnt know the answer, hell point you to someone who does. Today, I paid him a visit and typed…
“Woodpecker driving me insane”
Yup, you guessed it. I hit the jackpot.
Since moving into the McResidence six years ago, we have contended with Satans jackhammers. Apparently, the wood siding attracts Woody and his friends to this joint in the same manner that the Octomom is attracted to a media camera. Let me just say the pecking is driving me insane.
I have often heard that woodpeckers peck on surfaces when they are looking for insects. After a bit of research I discovered that is not always true. It seems that male woodpeckers use their incessant pecking to find a mate. And, as luck would have it, female woodpeckers are attracted to the male with the most impressive peck.
In other words, male woodpeckers delight in hammering those surfaces which produce the most buck for their bang.
Apparently, this is where the McResidence fits in. For some reason, the dumb bird finds our home more appealing than say… something like tree bark.
I got the following info from the WV DNR Web-site…
Woodpeckers are most noted for their stout, chisel-like beaks which they use to drill holes in trees to obtain food or make a home. The beak is also used for drumming, which is the males way of signaling to his mate or declaring his territory to other woodpeckers.
Watching the force with which the woodpecker strikes the tree, its amazing that the bird can hold on. Its toe arrangement, two toes facing forward and two backward, gives the woodpecker a solid base on which to cling to the tree. Its sharp claws dig into the wood, and its stiff, square tail feathers braced against the tree act as a support prop.
Even the woodpeckers skull is specially designed to withstand repeated blows and to protect the birds brain from concussion. Unlike other birds, the bones between the beak and the skull are joined by a flexible cartilage, which cushions the shock of each blow.
Just before losing my mind, I walked over to the wall, bang on it and shout like a lunatic, “SCRAM”
The stupid tormentor stops.
I exhale but within seconds, the stupid thing is back and is pecking away at the exterior of our home.
So, instead of pulling my hair out. I wait.
I wait and I hope like heck that this stupid bird finds him a mate and that the two of them fly off into the wild blue yonder for their happily ever after.
And, I make a mental note to talk to McDaddy about the timely replacement of the wood siding with new, fabulous, quiet, vinyl siding. In the meantime, Ill be trying to think of some humane way to get rid of Woody and his pecking posse.
Because in WV it is against the law to shoot them.
Stupid bird. Any ideas?