bird identification

Asked May 11, 2018, 12:15 AM EDT

Who can I send a picture to, to identify a bird that is making holes and homes in a stucco like building?

Macomb County Michigan birds

3 Responses

If you could attach a photo through this form we will try to find an expert to identify the bird. Thanks!

I emailed a couple of MSU faculty members and they believe this is a downy woodpecker. Here are a couple ideas they gave for discouraging further woodpecker damage:

Hang some shiny, reflective plastic plates or long shiny mylar stripes in the area around the holes. The strips or plates should be able to swing freely in the wind.

Here's a link to Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology for more detailed information: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/can-woodpecker-deterrents-safeguard-my-house/

Please keep in mind that woodpeckers are a protected species.