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Woodpeckers

Published: March 16, 2010
Q: We have a small cabin in the southern Sierras (Mariposa County, Calif.). My problem is that woodpeckers are pecking holes in the siding of the buildings to store acorns. The building style is board-and-batten and the wood is red cedar. So far, we have been filling the holes with wood putty, but in some places the damage is so bad it looks as though the siding has been shot with a shotgun. What can I do to deter these birds?
– Mark Sandfort; via e-mail
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