What Is So Great About Making All These Holes?Woodpeckers are infamous for annoying anyone within earshot of their racket. If you're someone who enjoys the peace and quiet of nature, having a woodpecker nearby may make you reconsider moving back into the big city. That said, woodpeckers do this for a reason! Usually, they are drilling into the wood to find something to eat, such as larvae, tree sap, insects that are trapped within the sap, or ants and beetles inside the tree bark. It's not all food and games, however. Woodpeckers also peck holes in trees in order to find a mate. Especially in the Spring, they will cause even more of a ruckus, in order to establish their territory and signal to other woodpeckers where they can be found. If you hear them pecking early in the morning, this is likely the reason. It is quieter early in the morning, and their unique sound will have a chance to carry farther. A final reason for the pecking is that they are trying to make nests. Dead or dying trees are easier to hollow out because they are less dense with moisture. This could be especially damaging to an already-sick tree because the hole needed to make the nest will be much larger than typical woodpecker holes.
What Trees Do They Look For?Different types of woodpeckers will look for different types of trees, but the most common woodland victims of woodpecker abuse are...
- Fruit trees
- Sweet gums