Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners

Woodpeckers in the Garden

The downy woodpecker is a small grayish black and white woodpecker. Males have a red patch on the back of their head. The birds peck on wood homes, preferring cedar siding. The birds aren't looking for food like sapsucker but looking for a nesting area. Birds are protected by the State of Illinois from trapping or shooting.

Scare the birds away with strips of aluminum foil or tin foil, or plastic bags tacked to the side of the house.

Create a nesting box 4 inches by 4 inches by 9 inches tall with a 1 1/4 inch hole seven inches above the floor.

See: Sapsuckers, Flickers

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