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Old 08-04-2020, 02:51 PM
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Iíve noticed this bird living under my pierhead. It flys away every time I walk out there. Recently noticed fresh damage on a good many Pilings. Could it be this bird eating insects or something. Looks like his beak is sharp enough to do damage.



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12 ga will slow him down
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Doubtful it is that blue heron, they are fishers. Killing them is big no-no, for good reason. They like to hang out on docks looking down in water for fish.
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For sure.... Beautiful bird. We do enjoy watching him along with a good many egrets. I was thinking more along the lines of painting something on the Pilings to keep whatever it is from pecking on it. Figured someone might know whatís causing this damage.
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Is something tied up on that pier, in that area? Looks just above the high water line. Seems very unlikely to be a bird. How many birds eat through tar-soaked or pressure treated wood?
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Looks like impact damage
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Nothing tied up that would hit it. It does appear only on the incoming tide side. During king tides the water May reach that area. If you look you will see some damage on all the post down the walkway. Itís like fresh wood showing in some areas. Other side is not damaged.
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Might be a peckerwood.
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Well.... now that I think about it. Might be old impact damage. Used to keep boat on jet dock tied to that side of the floater. That would have been over 2 years ago. I’m sure we bumped the Pilings once or twice 😊. Maybe I just never noticed it. I’m in the process of replacing the decking and was inspecting the Pilings to make sure they are still good.

is there something I should do to keep it from rotting? They all are pretty solid now.
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Lol... either that or a pileknocker!
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It looks like what you would see if you had a boat tied up and it was rubbing the piling as RuralJuror pointed out. It does not take long or much for that to occur. I have similar marks on my dock that have been there since I bought the house that have not gotten worse, but also still look fresh to this day.
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Green heron is not pecking the wood pilings. That’s dock rash from the aforementioned floating dock, or similar.
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Thank you! I will keep an eye on it to make sure it does not get worst. One pile could have rub rash. First pile in picture could have jetdock rub it occasionally. Not often and I fix it quickly. Also has bumper on jetdock to protect if it does hit. Thanks again for all you help.
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Nothing tied up that would hit it. It does appear only on the incoming tide side. During king tides the water May reach that area. If you look you will see some damage on all the post down the walkway. Itís like fresh wood showing in some areas. Other side is not damaged.
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Its not the Heron, not sure where you live but how about ice going down river? It could it be a muskrat, raccoon, etc getting out of the water and onto you dock but you will see tiny claw marks in the wood.
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Maybe from debris hitting it when the tide is coming in?
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It is, in fact, a green heron. It would have nothing to do with causing the marking you’re seeing on your dock. It will crap all over though,
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Whatever is abrading it has to be either wind borne, or air borne, to get up under those angled two bye supports, and clean out every exposed surface. Nothing rubbing, ot tied up there, would be that thorough.
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Thanks again for all your help. I think I might put a game camera on it to see if I can catch the culprits in action. The rashes are angled out towards the middle of the river. Seems like something is standing on the cross bracing and eating, pecking, scrapping or chewing at it. I do not see any insects in it. Perplexing problem.

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