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Old 11-06-2018, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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With that many small holes, it's very unlikely that it is looking to excavate a new home. It's most likely only looking for insects.

There is one other possibility though: it could be retribution.
Yes and no. There was one hole in the middle that could easily fit that small woodpecker. All the rest of the holes where exploratory looking for insects. They were not all created at the same time. I did not get out the high ladder just for the first few holes. As soon as it created a hole big enough to live in; then it was time to immediately repair - I did not want the rain and snow getting inside my wall.

By the way; I think it finally moved on. I have not seen or heard from it for a few days. Of course it is always possible that the little bugger will come back for the next nesting season (retribution)!
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Old Today, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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If all else fails, buy them a house.

https://www.amazon.com/Bird-Houses-b.../dp/B004I1933C
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Old Today, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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If all else fails, buy them a house.

https://www.amazon.com/Bird-Houses-b.../dp/B004I1933C
Sure; you want to encourage bad behavior! We actually have many birdhouses outside; possibly that is the problem? Seriously I have never seen the little Downy's in one of our birdhouse. Perhaps they simply are do-it-yourselfers?
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