And this is the result of the Downy Woodpecker, ARG!
He sure has done a number on our trim that's for sure.
This time of year they become a HUGE nuisance as they forage for food and place to hole-up.
A friend bought and hung garland along the side of her house to prevent this. I believe it worked, however, you should see what the different color garland looks like hanging sporadically in the house, YIKES!
Instead, I used a couple strands of bird netting and stapled over this area. It's the netting we use to cover our strawberries and blueberries to keep the birds out. It's difficult to see unless you're up close. So far it seems to have worked on this spot. My worry is they'll simply moved to another spot on the house and do the same damage.