Most likely he is after carpenter bees.
That's what happened to me.
If you find half inch sized holes in the siding there's a bee larva in
there and the wood pecker is after it.
I tried to deal with the problem with bug spray. I don't know
if it worked because there was enough damage that I had the whole
house sided with vinyl and all the exposed wood covered with
aluminum. No woodpeckers since.
The species we have here in CO would die out, if that were the case.
CO has no native hardwoods, but plenty of woodpeckers. I've NEVER
heard a single one. There's one that constantly hammers away on the
tree jes outside my window, but he makes no noise I can hear. I can
only assume it's due to the softwood trees we have. When I lived in
CA, you could hear woodpeckers hammering away on oaks and/or oak fence
posts, fer miles. <shrug>
The siding has been up for at least 30 years.
Best thing I ever did.
Before that, I painted the exterior once.
I never want to do that again.
Just last week I had the wooden garage door replaced.
They say the door is aluminum but it appears to be coated
with something that feels like vinyl.
Last on my list is the screen porch which has some wood
that occasionally needs painting.
I have heard that dangling old cd's will repel birds. Now, that's not a
permanent solution, but it might just get this one to find a new home. I
have seen fruit trees with them hanging, and there isn't a bird within
I would imagine you could find some old cds, or even purchase some reeeeealy
cheap ones at the store and give it a go.
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