House Wrecker in SW Michigan

This is the second year in a row that a male pileated woodpecker is attacking our home! It uses its powerful bill to excavate the wood trim along our large picture windows. We have checked for carpenter ants, no sign of them. Once the wood is removed from the window frame, the bird taps on that portion of the glass that has the metal frame behind it. Obviously, besides being destructive, it is very loud.

We inquired with the autoban society and were informed that they thought it was not all about food, but mating. They recommended that we install a man-made nesting box nearby to see if the male will use it to attract the female instead of using the house.

Other than the damage, they are beautiful birds to observe and listen to.

Let me know your thoughts.

Providing a wooden birdhouse has worked for other birds, in that the birds will use it for a house, instead of yours! I would definitely give it a try. Susan

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