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Ok birders, is this a woodpecker or what is the culprit

hooferinsane

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Happened in the last 7 hours, Wood at the top of my garage. Wife has been out this morning. Not a break in attempt as the garage door is untouched, and why would anyone try and get in that way. Anyone ever seen a bird, possibly woodpecker do damage to wood like this? There is an adjacent tree, the nearest branch of which I have removed now. This is a mystery to us......
Any ideas anyone?

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Don't know if honest but would be thinking wasps or hornets rather than a bird.
 

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Almost certainly squirrel. I've watched them do that to my house in the past.
 

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Almost certainly squirrel. I've watched them do that to my house in the past.
Thanks Phil. Yup, Google now has confirmed the probable culprit after your suggestion. After yesterday’s effort to finish off all the exterior DIY jobs before the winter, my words of ‘glad I have got that lot done’ probably tempted fate. Going to trim a bit more of the tree tonight in the dark, and take out the bird feeders for a while. Hope the squirrel likes spicy food as going to rub some extra hot chilli paste we have at home into the wood, as suggested on various sites.Have to deter it before new wood goes up. Apparently a covering of chicken wire is not a bad idea for the future, though think the wife may object to the aesthetics of that :rolleyes:
 
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