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Birds are creatures of habit and will return year after year to have babies on your property. Every house has several areas that are attractive to birds looking to nest and have babies.
Bird Nest Removal Toronto – Pigeon Removal
We’ve all seen a pigeon bouncing down the street like the proverbial cock of the walk. A beloved favourite of racers and breeders, the courageous messenger of wartime, pestilent thief of favoured birds’ goodies, flying rat, old lady’s companion. From whence came this mysterious, but ubiquitous bird?
It wasn’t always like this. In the days of the American Indian, a different dove, the Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius darkened the skies above the uncut forests of the East. Some have said they ranged in such profusion that a tossed stone couldn’t help but bring down a bird. But their days ended with the closing of the American frontier to be replaced by an unprepossessing cousin taken over on the ships of the colonists in the 1600s for food. The solitary captive Passenger Pigeon breathed her last in a Washington Zoo in 1914, a generation after they had been extirpated from the wild by hungry game hunters.
Columba livia, our common pigeon or rock dove, once inhaled the balmy breezes of his Mediterranean home. But sometime around 4500 BC, his suitability for dinner was established and the first breeding populations were cultivated as main course material by the people of the day.
Although seen everywhere, the pigeon still retains a hint of mystery. Why are baby pigeons never seen? Well, human children would rarely be seen if they grew up within 4 or 5 weeks as pigeons do. The mama pigeon feeds her young with nutrition-rich milk responsible for this amazing growth rate.
What do they eat? Well, in a city, pretty much everything that isn’t nailed down, but their natural diet is seeds. They are not much for meat, although hawks, falcons, raccoons, opossums, and the friendly neighbourhood cat love a tasty squab now and then, even if the humans have mostly moved on to finer fare.
How do you get pigeons and other nuisance birds like Black Starlings to relocate? Pretty tough, once they have established nests in the area. Experts suggest removing nests repeatedly when they are new to encourage the birds to seek other living arrangements. Otherwise, they are pretty much immune to noise, water, fake owls and all the other inducements to move employed by the desperate.
Try a falconer, listed under Falcon Associations in the telephone book or on the internet. Many species of raptors like the Cooper Hawk and Peregrine Falcon enjoy the birds and a hawk enthusiast may be willing to let his birds have at it, so long as the pigeons are not located in a high traffic area that could endanger the hawks. Since these birds are not protected under law, this is probably the best solution, given the bird’s legendary homing ability.
Do pigeons carry disease? Alas, grey-haired lady feeding the doves, indeed they do. Psittacosis, known as Parrot Fever, and Histoplasmosis are just two of many serious ailments carried by the birds. Great care should be taken around pigeon droppings. They harbour fungal pathogens for fatal respiratory diseases. Keep parakeets and parrots away from them too.
Are they good for anything? Well, yes. Along with the nondescript grey birds flocking in the park, one may see exotically coloured specimens. Some of these birds are bred by enthusiasts who enjoy racing them for sport.
Pigeons have been used to carry military intelligence since the days of Genghis Khan. News of the victory over Napoleon at Waterloo was carried by military homing pigeons and they were used by the United States military as late as World War II. Many of the pigeon handlers hailed from Brooklyn where the sport of pigeon racing was big. Although by the First World War, radio was well-established, radio signals could be intercepted or jammed, while nothing except death or capture could stop a determined bird. Alas, the Germans eventually deployed falcons and the jig was up.
So friend or foe? Probably a little of both. We created the pigeon problem by removing an inoffensive bird from its sea cliff home and now we have to live with the result. But don’t worry, pigeons know how to look out for themselves, meanwhile, we better watch out for them if we value our cars and clothing.
All About the Hairy Woodpecker
All throughout history, birds have captured our wonder. From Icarus to the Wright Brothers, humankind has been enamoured with these winged creatures. However, many people cannot name an abundance of bird species. Most may know about the turkey because of Thanksgiving, or the pigeon from the city streets. Some may be able to identify a robin or a cardinal but there is a feathered world out that many never discover. Take for instance the hairy woodpecker, a charming little bird with a funny little name.
The hairy woodpecker is found in most of North America. If one were to look at a map of where the hairy woodpecker dwells, one would see that the entirety of the United States and also Canada make up the geographical range that the hairy woodpecker lives. As a matter of fact, the largest chunk of the hairy woodpecker population can be found in the US. The hairy woodpecker can also be spotted in most of Canada and as well as a good part of Mexico. It should be noted that in North America the hairy woodpecker lives in mountainous regions as well as flatlands but in Central America, they are more likely in the mountainous regions.
If you’re fortunate enough to live where the hairy woodpecker is known to inhabit, then you can set out to make your yard more inviting. They are keen on dead or decaying trees but will hollow out a cavity in a live threat that has heart rot. They love to feed on black oil sunflower seeds and peanut suet. You can set up a bird feeder to attract the hairy woodpecker, especially during winter when food is harder to find. Hairy woodpeckers will also eat insects, which can be very beneficial at controlling these pests.
Once you’ve made your yard inviting to the hairy woodpecker, what you can expect as far as their nesting and mating habits?
Usually, in late winter the male hairy woodpecker begins his search for a mate. He announces his presence by tapping on wood. These taps, or “drums” as they are called, are quick and evenly paced. The hairy woodpecker will tap for exactly 26 beats. This act of communication has two purposes; it tells the female hairy woodpecker that it is available and advises any male hairy woodpecker that this “seat has been taken” so to speak. When nesting begins, the female hairy woodpecker will start to hollow out a tree. This is usually done anywhere from a few feet to 40 feet off the ground. There she will build her nest and lay 3 to 6 eggs. The male hairy woodpecker is no slouch, however. He also participates in the incubation of the eggs. The male hairy woodpecker takes night duties tending to the eggs and in turn, the female hairy woodpecker takes the day shift. She will sit on her eggs from sunrise to sunset. All in all, the hairy woodpecker incubation period is about two weeks. After the eggs have hatched, the hatchlings are in the nest for about a month before they spread their wings and build a life of their own.
The hairy woodpecker looks very much like the downy woodpecker. In fact, the only real noticeable difference between the two is size. The hairy woodpecker is a little bigger than the downy woodpecker, by two inches. The appearance of the hairy woodpecker can vary from region to region. Mostly the birds have a white breast with black wings. The wings have white stripes along them. These stripes also appear on the sides of the head of the hairy woodpecker. For those in the Rocky Mountain region, the males will have a bright red crown. This will be absent in the female hairy woodpecker from the same region. In the Pacific Northwest, the hairy woodpecker is a light brown colour where the white normally is. They are often referred to as “coffee-stained” which is also fun in an ironic way since the area is also known for its coffee. The hairy woodpecker is considered an average-sized bird and is about the same size as a robin.
Thankfully, for those that want to see a hairy woodpecker, they are in no danger of becoming extinct. In fact, According to Allaboutbirds.org, the “population of hairy woodpeckers have increased since 1966 and 2015.” Of course, as with any birth population, there is always concern about over-development and what this could mean to their future. But as of right now, the birds are not endangered. This is wonderful news for bird enthusiasts and of course for hairy woodpeckers.
So, you live in North America, and you’ve made your yard inviting to the hairy woodpecker. The male hairy woodpecker has announced his presence and attracted a female companion. However, how will you know that your attempt to make your yard habitable to the hairy woodpecker has worked? Listen carefully. That is, listen carefully to the calls sounds of these birds. The hairy woodpecker’s pic calls have a high-pitched, fast squeak sound. Their whinny call is a very rapid string of pic calls that lowers in pitch at the end. The hairy woodpecker’s wicka calls sound very much like a dog playing with a squeak toy. It’s a rapid succession call that goes up in down in tone and pitch.
The hairy woodpecker is a hearty little bird that can be found all over North America, but the vast majority will be found in the continental United States. Their striking black and white feathers, and striped patterns make them easy to spot. They have a penchant for setting up house in dead or decaying trees, which gives you an excuse to leave a few lying around the garden. They love bird feed but will also happily assist in keeping down the bug population in your garden. Their cheerful calls make for a wonderful background soundtrack for spending an afternoon outside, entertaining friends or catching up on reading. Birds are not an ornamental addition to our lives, but an ecological one as well. They pique our fascination as they take flight, bringing our imaginations along with them.