During the recent foofrah with the woodpecker and the shuttle, the director of the center decided on a simple plan to get rid of the pest. He went down to the local Wal-Mart and bought several plastic owls (paying with his own credit card). They were mounted in various places, hoping to scare away the woodpecker. The only result was a hole pecked in one of them.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)