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Subject: Pine Tree Damage by a bird
Category: General Interest
Posted On: May 21, 2004
From: Barbara
Message: It is a question. What type of bird (I am thinking woodpecker/sapsucker) will leave 1/4 inch wide holes, symmetrically, up and down the bark of a pine tree trunk. This bird put literally hundreds of holes in the tree in a matter of two weeks, than went away as far as we can tell. The bird was black and white, much longer than a robin, and was pretty 'fat'. If anyone can help me to identify the critter and solve the problem before it kills my tree - and help me prevent the tree's deathif it going to happen just fromthe damage already done) I would be very grateful. Can I/should I seal up the holes with a varnish or someting to prevent bugs from getting in? Barbara (cousiles@shaw.ca)

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From: Lisa (May 24, 2004)
Message: Yes, your damage on the pine tree is done by a Sapsucker. They come back to dine on the sap,breakfeast, lunch & supper. I had the same on a large Birchtree. I bought some aerosol pruning spray, you might need several cans, depending on the damage. Spray all damaged areas. deter the birds from coming back by hanging flagging tape or pieplates. Good luck!
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From: Jill (June 10, 2005)
Message: Finally...I think you have solved my mystery....we have a number of pine/spruce trees with the oddest pattern of holes up and down the trunk, it looks just like what you described. It is now at our home location so I didn't know if it was insect or bird. Did your trees survive? How can I help mine? pjware@hotmail.com
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From: Jill (June 10, 2005)
Message: Finally...I think you have solved my mystery....we have a number of pine/spruce trees with the oddest pattern of holes up and down the trunk, it looks just like what you described. It is not at our home location so I didn't know if it was insect or bird. Did your trees survive? How can I help mine? pjware@hotmail.com

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