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    Quote Originally Posted by mspina14 View Post
    Hmmm. Looks like the same kind of damage. Same shaped holes and same depth.

    Do you think it's from a bird or porcupine (or something else)?

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    russ was likely responding to the OP, not you, when commenting on the damage-creator. the holes in the trees in your pictures were not made by a porcupine, they were made by a woodpecker (not a pileated).


    porcupines are quite capable tree climbers, and spend a significant portion of their lives in trees, even small trees.

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    We have both here in our area. The picture of the poplar tree was drilled by a pileated woodpecker we know because they nest in our woods near our house and we watch them work on our trees all the time. When porkies eat they clean the bark off smaller branches on mostly live trees not dead or dying ones like the woodpeckers do. The birds are after bugs under the bark and in the dead wood but the porkies are after the cambium layer of the living tree, I've never noticed any deep damage to the underlying wood from porkies. The porkies like the oaks and maples and seem to get lead poisoning from that but the woodpeckers like dead / dying pine and poplar and seem to do just fine on that food with no ill effects! Jay
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zucker Lager View Post
    We have both here in our area. The picture of the poplar tree was drilled by a pileated woodpecker we know because they nest in our woods near our house and we watch them work on our trees all the time. When porkies eat they clean the bark off smaller branches on mostly live trees not dead or dying ones like the woodpeckers do. The birds are after bugs under the bark and in the dead wood but the porkies are after the cambium layer of the living tree, I've never noticed any deep damage to the underlying wood from porkies. The porkies like the oaks and maples and seem to get lead poisoning from that but the woodpeckers like dead / dying pine and poplar and seem to do just fine on that food with no ill effects! Jay
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    How do porcupines get lead poisoning from eating the cambium layer of live Maple and Oak trees?

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    [QUOTE=mspina14;334055]How do porcupines get lead poisoning from eating the cambium layer of live Maple and Oak trees?

    Mark[/QUOTE


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    Quote Originally Posted by mainebackswoodssyrup View Post
    Usually one of these

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    Ahhh. I see.

    Someone has been out Maple tree hunting!

    I thought shooting Maple trees was prohibited.

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    The can climb very high, stopping for a snack on way up not sure. I do know when they reach the 30' mark and fall out of tree they make a really big thud when hitting the ground.
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    Don't look up as they don't leave the tree to take a leak

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldManMaple View Post
    Don't look up as they don't leave the tree to take a leak
    Do you know this from experience
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    Well just say I'm leery under the hemlocks. They seem to hang out in them. I can sometimes find them by the freshly dropped branches and the piss stains under the trees when theres snow on the ground. I'm going to start giving them the choice of lead or swimming the river, so look out!

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