FW: Wattle bird on Elm

Subject: FW: Wattle bird on Elm
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2017 02:16:50 +0000
Maybe woodpeckers have finally arrived in Australia?

John Leonard

On 8 May 2017, at 10:11 AM, Julian Robinson <> wrote:

Forwarding this request for info as to what might have caused these marks in Elm tree, and is the Wattlebird responsible?



Sent: Monday, 8 May 2017 10:01 AM
Subject: Wattle bird on Elm


Hi Julian

Could you please circulate this photo among some COG birdos

I wonder if anyone has seen anything like this or got an explanation. (Sorry for the quality of the photo)

It is an elm leader. 1 leader on this tree and the trunk on an adjacent tree are like this. There was a wattle bird going from hole to hole and, I assume, feeding on sap. I have not determined if this bird did the damage or if it was done by another (say a yellow tail black hunting out borers, although I feel it was a little too tidy for that). Other elms nearby were not affected.

Has anyone got any ideas?




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