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Signs of Woodpecker

Observed: 7th February 2013 By: DodgydougDodgydoug’s reputation in MammalsDodgydoug’s reputation in Mammals
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Does anyone know what could have done this to this log? I wondered whether it might be the result of a badger?

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David Jardine's picture

Woodpecker?

Might it have been a woodpecker digging for grubs in the log?

David Jardine's picture

Woodpecker?

Might it have been a woodpecker digging for grubs in the log?

All the best

notpop's picture

hairs

normally if a badger is a while active in one spot it is easy to find shed hairs.
I would also expect at least some tooth lines across the log rather than along it's length like this.
Suspect woodpecker.

notpop's picture

also

there is remarkably little disturbance of the log and the leaf litter beside and under the log,which you would expect with badger.
Points to a woodpecker sitting on the log while chiseling it.

Dodgydoug's picture

Woodpecker

Thank you!

the naturalist man's picture

Who did it?

I don't think woodpecker, I would expect to see holes in such soft wood; more likely a mammal. I think the reason for no teeth marks is the wood looks very soft and stringy so the animal would be stripping, rather than gnawing. Could be badger, but could also be rabbit or squirrel or even fox. As for disturbance, it wouldn't take a badger long to cause this much damage, a couple of minutes at most so no real time to cause much disturbance and the other species mentioned are unlikely to case much in the way of disturbance unless there was the possibility of food elsewhere.

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mikeh22's picture

I think woodpecker is very

I think woodpecker is very unlikely given the scale of the damage. Also i've never heard of a woodpecker feeding that way. I would have thought badger is almost certain.