Woodpeckers Eat All Wasps and Hornets

by Margaret Thompson
(MORGAN COUNTY, HARTSELLE, ALABAMA)



More than once woodpeckers have exterminated large hornets and paper wasp nests. One day the nests are there, the next day all we find is shredded paper nests!

We rarely see them and respect their privacy. They live in our wooded area and we hear them daily. Our neighbors have cut down most of the trees so they live with us.

They are quite beautiful.


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Thank you Margaret for reminding our readers of how valuable woodpeckers are to us! And yes they are very beautiful. I hope they have lots of nestlings in your trees too!
Happy Birding,
Susan

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Aug 13, 2016
Trees and Wasp Annihilation NEW
by: Anonymous

I do not think she was saying she was knocking down forests to feed the woodpeckers anything but wasps. Wasps can burn in hell.

I had two young woodpeckers in my heritage oak. One began to fly around our second story porch and come to find around the corner was a huge wasps nest. There was only one wasp on it, but it kept flying out of a hackberry and antagonizing the heck out of the single sentry. The next morning I saw the two fledglings, but when I looked at the wasp nest I saw about 50-100 wasps on it. They had obviously been feeding off the wasps and all but one hauled butt. Needless to say, I cast a pot of boing water on the nest and fed the neighborhood lizards and woodpeckers with them.

Aug 03, 2016
Killing trees to save woodpeckers? NEW
by: Anonymous

Margaret, so you're telling us you killed and eliminated a bunch of other creatures and trees to save the woodpeckers???

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