Cedar Tree Problem

Asked August 24, 2019, 1:18 PM EDT

I noticed this in this on my cedar tree today and need help identifying what this is. Any help would be appreciated.

Washington County Oregon forestry trees and shrubs urban forestry

1 Response

Hi there, to me, it looks like a pileated woodpecker has been busy excavating a hole in your tree. Pileateds make a characteristic long, vertical rectangular hole like that. They forage for any insects, and then use the hole as a nesting site. Cedar trees can live for a long time even with woodpecker holes in them.