altogether, a loud tapping near the office window
interrupts me. Outside the window to be precise. I didn't need to investigate to know the source of this tapping, a rapid YuckYuckYuckYuck sound, but I did anyway. Sure enough, a downy woodpecker, a female, was rat-a-tat-
tatting her short beak into the side of the house.
The smallest woodpeckers in North America (an adult downy is 5 to 7 inches long and weighs in at whopping one ounce sopping wet) are fond of using our home as their own personal tree house. A testing ground to practice their drilling techniques with the hope of finding a tasty bug.
We have all but the red-headed woodpecker in this area of Missouri. The Pileated is as large as a crow and thankfully prefers to hammer on trees and not houses. Imagine the damage that could be done by that facial drill they've got going on!
Flickers are also common here, but they don't hang around/on the house either.
The Prowl Owl Scare Tape
Beakguard Scare Eyes
Bird-B-Gone Sonic Control System
An apple orchard draped in Scare Tape.....
Hmm. I wonder if it works on pesky neighbors.
A less costly route using products you have at home - and one that gets my vote - is what I call Woodpecker CD Wind-less Chimes:
Stringing CDs together then hanging them up in or above a garden can help deter birds from nibbling at your fruits and veggies. Birds don't like the CD's shiny reflection
Well, not you, but your house.
Any other bird deterrents you've tried, seen or heard of?
The grandest of deterrents would be feathers sticking out of a glitter ball....