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Wood Pecked

This is one wood pecked, popular tree!

It's not a Poplar Tree however, but a pecan.

No doubt it is tasty!

Every trunk and branch of this tree looks like this!

When I inspected this house 8 years ago my clients and I saw the damage on this tree.  I recommended that a pro look at it and when they moved in they had an arborist come to assess its condition.

He said the tree was stressed, near death and would last one or two more years.

Not only is it healthy and still growing, but the same woodpecker comes back every year, all spring and summer, to have its meals.

An incredible buffet apparently!  Now I don't know if it's a Jimmy Buffet or a Warren Buffet, but stopping by the other day and speaking with my clients, they said that woodpecker comes by a lot. 

Given that he visits so often, this must be a really rich buffet, so it is probably a Warren Buffet.

These holes circumnavigate every single branch on this tree!  And as high up as you can see!

This woodpecker is good!  Apparently so are the grubs!

The tree even produces nuts!  And they go out and pick them and roast them and bake them!

So, let me get this straight.  The homeowners provide the tree.  The woodpecker keeps the tree alive by keeping the predators out.  In return, the grateful tree provides food to both the homeowners and the woodpecker.

In a Chinese restaurant, this menu item would be called HAPPY FAMILY!

My recommendation:  nature provides!  Enjoy its bounty!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 22 commentsJay Markanich • September 19 2011 06:31AM

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Hi Jay,

Looks like the woodpecker has been a busy boy or girl. LOL

As long as they don't keep you up at night finding that late night snack.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 7 years ago
Good piece. Great to keep thevtreev looks good good luck sell many hones
Posted by JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000 (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Clint - we had one once that would attack the gutter right over our bed!  It was loud and early, and every Saturday!  I would get up and pound on the wall and he would go away!

Josh - I thought it looked good the other day!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Good morning, Jay. I grew up with pecan trees when I lived in GA. Don't seem to be able to grow them here in TN...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) almost 7 years ago

There aren't many around here for sure Michael.  But at the same time, we don't have many of those modern, inside-the-cabinet-electric can openers either!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

In Maine, if the woodlot is pretty scare with timber, the expression to describe it is "a woodpecker would have to pack a lunch to fly over it". That gets the point across.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 7 years ago

Now this is true symbiosis.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 7 years ago

I've been to Maine, Andrew.  I don't remember too many of those "scarce with timber'" areas!

Debbie - everyone dependent!  I like it!  And not-so-strange bedfellows!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

No nuts here....at last not on trees....it's pine cone country...prickly for woodpeckers !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 7 years ago

So you have to import your nuts Sally?  Wow, is that why you are trying to import me?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Hey everyone's gotta eat, right? I find grubs are better roasted than raw.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 7 years ago

But don't fry them too long Jim.  The heat destroys the vitamin C.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Jay - I have a white oak that the woodpeckers seem to find tasty--or at least the grubs that live there. Every year they come by and peel off baskets of bark to get at their feast. The tree seems not to mind.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) almost 7 years ago

Jay, maybe you should invite the three pro back , he may have been nuts also.

Don't fool with mother nature, she may have had a plan for this particular tree lol

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) almost 7 years ago

John - no doubt!  Have you never eaten grubs from a log?  Trees and woodpeckers are part of nature, perfectly designed by, well, the Perfect Designer.

Don - his visit was eight years ago.  I bet they don't even remember who it was!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

That tree surely only has one or two years of life left.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 7 years ago

Makes you wonder if the tree pro just needed more work or if the tree is beating the odds. Most of us would give up if we were that hen-pecked!

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) almost 7 years ago

Jay here is an awesome link about the Sapsucker---apparently they do not do all that much damage to the tree in most cases.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 7 years ago

So it is now, so it was eight years ago Reubs!  And so shall it be.

Than - most of us are that hen pecked!  Whoops...

Charlie - thanks!  I don't know what kind of pecker this pecker is though.  But he's a pecker for sure.  How many trees can a woodpecker peck if a woodpe...  well, you know the rest.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Thats a lot of knocking there guys. The question may be is just woodpecker knocking or is the the tree knocking on heavens door, knock, knock knocking on heavens door.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) almost 7 years ago

Jay, you have captured the circle of life in one tree...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

The arborist thought so eight years ago, Robert, but so far the tree is ornery and not giving in.

Chris - ha!  Well, if nothing more, certainly the symbiosis!  When we lived in Texas there were so many pecan trees that you walked and drove on the nuts.  If you wanted to make a pie, you just went out to the sidewalk or the street and grabbed a couple of handfuls!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

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