- Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:44 pm
From my experience having a tree farm which is mostly bottom land hardwood, most of the live tree damage from woodpeckers comes from Yellow Bellied Sap Suckers that are just drilling hundreds of small holes in the bark and cambium all around the trunks of trees girthing them just to get at the sap..
Live trees mostly convey nutrients in the cambium a very thin green layer just under the bark, the center wood can get eaten by carpenter ants, tree grubs, termites, etc, and still survive if the cambium damage is at a minimum. Now structurally that kinda tree damage can cause you big losses in wind storms, and hollows, and all kind of other issues too.
Ive yet to actually see a nesting pair of Piliated Peckers raising a clutch in anything other than a dead wood tree.
At least thats my experience.
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