Aww!
Adorably confused woodpecker thinks man is a tree
The officer's reaction is the best part. 😂
D.G. Sciortino
09.08.22

One woodpecker in Lodz, Poland made an amazing discovery. He came across a magical talking tree.

Well, sort of.

At least that’s what the woodpecker thought. The woodpecker was actually perched atop a local patrolman’s shoulder.

Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook
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Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook

But the woodpecker was pecking away at the man just as if he was a tree.

And the officer thought that it was absolutely hilarious.

He says a few words to the woodpecker who stops to look at him for a few seconds. I think at that point the woodpecker realized this isn’t your average tree.

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Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook

But he wants to make sure first. So, he climbs up onto the officer’s back to peck at his neck to see if it’s hollow.

He pecks away for a little while but it doesn’t take long for him to realize that this definitely isn’t a tree.

And if he’s not a tree, he probably not going to find any worms or grubs to eat on him.

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Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook

According to Batzner Pest Control, woodpeckers peck, also known as drumming, at trees in order to find food, like the larvae of bees or worms.

They also do it to excavate areas for nesting.

Woodpeckers also peck because the noise helps them to claim their territory and communicate with other birds.

Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook
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Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook

This also helps woodpeckers to attract a mate. Birds and Blooms reports that a woodpecker can drum more than 8,000 times per day. A downy woodpecker can peck up to 16 times per second. That’s a whole lot of drumming.

Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook
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Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook

Woodpeckers will even drum on non-wooden items like metal. The main point is for it to make noise.

Woodpeckers are sometimes pests to homeowners that can cause an awful racket.

This kind of behavior is usually seasonal and doesn’t last for more than a few weeks.

Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook
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Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook

Some homeowners are advised to add padding or flexible foam to areas where woodpeckers are pecking to muffle their sounds.

This may encourage them to find a new spot to drum.

“Because woodpeckers can be very persistent and are not easily driven from selected pecking sites, any woodpecker control effort should be started as soon as the problem begins. Woodpecker prevention is based upon physical barriers and scare techniques,” Batner writes.

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Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook

“Physical barriers created in pecking areas will help get rid of woodpeckers by preventing entry. Commonly these are made of steel mesh. Shiny, bright objects used as visual deterrents are successful. Strips of aluminum, reflective tape, and pinwheels are common objects used. Noise scare techniques are also effective in some cases.”

Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook
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Animal Patrol Straży Miejskiej w Łodzi - Facebook

The video of the woodpecker mistaking the Polish officer for a tree was shared over 5,000 times on Facebook.

“Animals know right away how a good person is. We have a super Animal Patrol,” wrote one commenter.

“This is so cute and funny. I love it!” said another.

“He’s persistent,” and another.

You can check out the officer and his friend the woodpecker in the video below.

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By D.G. Sciortino
hi@sbly.com
D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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