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Holes in trunk of tree

"I have a 40 ft blue atlas cedar and the radius of the trunk is at least 20"". The trunk has bands of 4 to 5 holes which are about 1"" apart and continue around the trunk at random intervals. These start at the bottom of the trunk and proceed up the trunk every 6 to 10"" to a height of about 30'. I put a stick in the hole and it only goes in about 1/4"". The tree looks healthy, no dead branches or drooping branches. I have not seen any birds or bees around the tree."
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

This sounds like holes made by sapsuckers, a type of bird. Generally on a well-established tree such as this the number of holes created by sapsuckers won't permanently harm the tree.  If the problem persists, you may be able to scare off the birds with a scare device such as a noise maker or plastic owl.

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