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By New York Times News Service | June 4, 1995
Riddled with holes drilled by woodpeckers, the space shuttle Discovery will have to retreat to the hangar for repairs to its fuel-tank insulation, forcing an indefinite postponement of the launching that had been scheduled for this week, NASA officials at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., say.The birds were identified as yellow-shafted flickers, a common woodpecker in eastern North America. Technicians counted at least six dozen holes. Some birds penetrated to the tank's metal wall, but caused no damage to it.At a news briefing Friday, Al Sofge, assistant launching director at the Kennedy center, tried to be philosophical about having one of the $2 billion spaceships, built to withstand the rigors of orbital flight, driven off its launching pad by a flock of birds with mating on their minds.
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By Ellen Nibali and David Clement | December 1, 2007
A little black and white woodpecker is pecking a sizable hole in my house siding. How can I stop it? Your description fits that of a downy woodpecker. You could try hanging a temporary veil of bird netting or cover the area with wire hardware cloth. These birds are protected and are generally beneficial when they eat insects that bore into trees. Where practical, try leaving dead or downed trees for them to use for nests and food sources. I want to plant a balled and burlaped Christmas tree after the holidays.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | August 21, 1993
It's bird season again. And bug season. A reader in Pearl River, N.Y., is getting unfriendly treatment from some feathered fiends."My question concerns woodpeckers," she writes. "They have 'drilled' holes into the wood siding in the back of my house. There are about eight quite large holes in a row. . . . It looks bad and I'm afraid they may come back and do more damage. How can I repair the wood siding?"Repairing the siding may be the easy part of the solution for this reader. Holes in wood siding can be patched with wood-filler -- there are several epoxy-based products that work well -- and the patches sanded, primed and painted to match the original color.
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By ROB KASPER | June 9, 2007
It was dawn when the woodpecker started hammering. I yanked open a bedroom window and screamed at the bird. I felt like Wally Walrus, the character Woody Woodpecker used to squabble with in Walter Lantz cartoons. From a distance, this tango between my brain and a birdbrain might seem comical. But when a bird puts a hole in your house, it is not so funny, especially at 5:30 in the morning. The bird, a woodpecker known as a Northern flicker, knocked a cavity about the size of a softball in the wooden siding of our small, weekend getaway house in Chincoteague, Va. Apparently, the structure had been under attack for a few days.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | February 3, 1996
It's nice to live close to nature; meadows and woods are part of the landscape of most people's dream homes. But sometimes nature can get a little too close."
NEWS
By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1997
Find the secret compartment, said Wilfred "Bill" Dale, issuing a challenge.There's no extra space behind the jewelry cabinet's 12 small drawers and the one large drawer. Tug on the top molding; immovable. OK, where is it?Like a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat, the 79-year-old head of an amateur craftsmen's group called the Woodpeckers flicked up the top of his mahogany cabinet to reveal the previously invisible hiding place.Such intricate examples of the woodworkers' art will be on display June 11, when the Woodpeckers, a Baltimore-area group, meets for its annual show and competition at the Williamsburg Inn in White Marsh.
NEWS
By Rowland Nethaway | April 7, 1995
Waco, Texas -- FAT SQUIRRELS frolicked on the expansive lush green lawn below. In a dead limb at eye level a pair of pileated woodpeckers ignored the smoke from our cigars and the squeaks from our rocking chairs while they fulfilled their genetic duties.White and pink dogwoods were in full blossom. Twining wisteria vines festooned with heavy clusters of bluish, purplish flowers swayed easily in the early morning breezes. And like teen-age girls in a new convertible, neon pink and deep red azalea bushes demanded attention.
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By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to the Sun | November 7, 2004
Can bulbs I bought be stored for planting next year? I just moved into a new house and haven't had time to prepare a planting bed, but got bulbs cheap and don't want them to go bad. Bulbs do not store very well for long periods of time -- a few weeks at most. It is best to plant them immediately. If this is not possible, store them in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator (cool and dry). Discard any of the bulbs that become dried up or mushy. In a pinch, you can plant until the ground freezes.
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By Gene Austin and Gene Austin,Knight-Ridder News Service | September 12, 1992
Older toilets can be major water wasters, but there are both new and old ways to reduce water use.Q: I've heard about a device for a toilet that lets you flush it two ways -- a full flush or a flush that uses much less water. Can you provide more information?A: Older toilets -- generally those made before 1975 -- use up to 5 gallons of water a flush. According to studies, that is much more water than really needed. Some modern toilets use only about 1 1/2 gallons a flush.A number of devices and methods have been developed to cut toilet water use. One of the most widely available is Future Flush, which replaces the existing flush valve and handle with a special valve and two-part handle.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | June 22, 1995
THE OFFICIAL word from Cape Canaveral is that some simple anti-woodpecker devices have scared away the pair of yellow-shafted flickers (woodpeckers to non-bird watchers) that drilled 105 holes in the insulating foam on the shuttle Discovery.The devices are plastic owls mounted at launch pads, Mylar streamers hung from the supporting structure, air horns and tapes of predatory birds.Thanks to these defenses, a NASA spokesman told me yesterday, "We haven't seen any woodpeckers at the shuttle in three weeks.
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By DENNIS O'BRIEN and DENNIS O'BRIEN,SUN REPORTER | August 11, 2006
The bird may not exist - but a team of Maryland scientists has joined the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker, whose alleged reappearance two years ago has spawned an avian controversy and millions of dollars in federal spending. Researchers from the University of Maryland and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center jumped into the fray in June when they leased a turbo-prop plane, equipped it with laser imaging sensors and spent seven nights flying over a 1 million-acre patch of Arkansas to aid in the search for the elusive bird.
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By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER | March 1, 2006
Word that the long-lost ivory-billed woodpecker might not be extinct after all sent excitement and skepticism through the birding community when sightings of the bird were reported last year. Could it be that a bird last seen 60 years ago had remained alive but undetected all these years? Believers and nonbelievers alike will have the chance to judge the evidence for themselves when a leading ivory-billed woodpecker researcher presents the latest findings tomorrow evening in Annapolis.
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By MICHAEL HILL and MICHAEL HILL,SUN REPORTER | November 27, 2005
The announcement earlier this year that the ivory-billed woodpecker was found living in a swamp in Arkansas was probably the greatest event in the history of ornithology, bringing back from the dead a spectacular bird long thought extinct. But there were skeptics about the announcement, which was based on a few fleeting sightings - and a quick bit of videotape - of the 20-inch bird that very much resembles the common, but still spectacular, pileated woodpecker. These sightings are not like scientific experiments that can be repeated, the results analyzed and re-examined.
NEWS
By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to the Sun | November 7, 2004
Can bulbs I bought be stored for planting next year? I just moved into a new house and haven't had time to prepare a planting bed, but got bulbs cheap and don't want them to go bad. Bulbs do not store very well for long periods of time -- a few weeks at most. It is best to plant them immediately. If this is not possible, store them in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator (cool and dry). Discard any of the bulbs that become dried up or mushy. In a pinch, you can plant until the ground freezes.
BUSINESS
By Adele Evans and Adele Evans,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 25, 1998
After living in apartments and ranchers most of their lives, Robert Wilson and Christine Roppelt-Wilson wanted authentic, country atmosphere -- and they got it, right down to woodpecker pecks in the foyer's paneling.Their "classic farmhouse," which really was once part of a farm, sits on a half-acre in Carney, nestled behind giant maple trees, hedges and flowers that have been there as long as the 90-year-old home.Tall windows, gables and rich red tones add to the home's rural feel. Two outbuildings remain in the back yard.
NEWS
By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1997
Find the secret compartment, said Wilfred "Bill" Dale, issuing a challenge.There's no extra space behind the jewelry cabinet's 12 small drawers and the one large drawer. Tug on the top molding; immovable. OK, where is it?Like a magician pulling a rabbit from a hat, the 79-year-old head of an amateur craftsmen's group called the Woodpeckers flicked up the top of his mahogany cabinet to reveal the previously invisible hiding place.Such intricate examples of the woodworkers' art will be on display June 11, when the Woodpeckers, a Baltimore-area group, meets for its annual show and competition at the Williamsburg Inn in White Marsh.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali and David Clement | December 1, 2007
A little black and white woodpecker is pecking a sizable hole in my house siding. How can I stop it? Your description fits that of a downy woodpecker. You could try hanging a temporary veil of bird netting or cover the area with wire hardware cloth. These birds are protected and are generally beneficial when they eat insects that bore into trees. Where practical, try leaving dead or downed trees for them to use for nests and food sources. I want to plant a balled and burlaped Christmas tree after the holidays.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | June 9, 2007
It was dawn when the woodpecker started hammering. I yanked open a bedroom window and screamed at the bird. I felt like Wally Walrus, the character Woody Woodpecker used to squabble with in Walter Lantz cartoons. From a distance, this tango between my brain and a birdbrain might seem comical. But when a bird puts a hole in your house, it is not so funny, especially at 5:30 in the morning. The bird, a woodpecker known as a Northern flicker, knocked a cavity about the size of a softball in the wooden siding of our small, weekend getaway house in Chincoteague, Va. Apparently, the structure had been under attack for a few days.
FEATURES
By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | February 3, 1996
It's nice to live close to nature; meadows and woods are part of the landscape of most people's dream homes. But sometimes nature can get a little too close."
NEWS
By THEO LIPPMAN JR | June 22, 1995
THE OFFICIAL word from Cape Canaveral is that some simple anti-woodpecker devices have scared away the pair of yellow-shafted flickers (woodpeckers to non-bird watchers) that drilled 105 holes in the insulating foam on the shuttle Discovery.The devices are plastic owls mounted at launch pads, Mylar streamers hung from the supporting structure, air horns and tapes of predatory birds.Thanks to these defenses, a NASA spokesman told me yesterday, "We haven't seen any woodpeckers at the shuttle in three weeks.
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