[Tweeters] OT-problem with Flicker

Al n Donna alndonna at wamail.net
Mon Apr 9 16:47:12 PDT 2018

Thank you Anthony. They cost $1 at Dollar Tree, probably single use.

Al in Tacoma

From: Anthony
Sent: Monday, April 9, 2018 2:30 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] OT-problem with Flicker


As most of us know, birds can be trained with repetition.  A few years ago we bought an air horn on eBay for about $15.  It has an air valve so that any bike pump can be used to refill the horn.  If I recall correctly it holds about 40 lbs of air pressure (know this in advance as to not overfill - just check with a tire gauge. 

We recently had a Northern Flicker drum on our home near the master bathroom window.  My wife grabbed the horn the moment we heard the drumming and blasted it a few times near the bath window.  The Flicker returned two days later about the same time.  Again we repeated the process.  That was over a month ago and best we can tell, it doesn’t take to keen to the horn and the issue may be solved.

I hope this helps some of you.

Anthony G.
Camano Island

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Al n Donna
Sent: Monday, April 9, 2018 11:51 AM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] OT-problem with Flicker

My friend’s house has received severe damage by a Flicker pecking holes in it. When she gets home from work, she goes outside and shoos it away, again later, again later, etc.

So she called a pest exterminator. When he climbed his ladder, the bird attacked him and he fell off the ladder, then took his ladder and sped off. I would think that the bird’s aggression suggest that it has nested in the eaves.

If she borrowed my pain-free rabbit trap and coaxed the bird inside with yummy suet, what could she do with the trapped bird? If she took it 20 miles away and released it, it’d probably be back in a day or two.

I’m an animal lover, but when a dog bites his third victim, he is put down. Maybe extermination should be the Flicker’s fate --???

Most suggestions from Google include putting items near its roost, but who would climb a ladder to get up there?


Al in Tacoma

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