So that's where the suet is going!

AnneCecilia z5 MIFebruary 10, 2007

My bird feeders have been hit hard lately - which I expect because of the extreme cold, but the rate of decline on the block seed feeders and the suet feeders seemed a bit extreme. Now I can see why! This is one of two Pileated woodpeckers that were visiting my feeders today. This is the female (you can tell because the male has a red "mustache." She has her body folded into a 90 degree angle in order to instinctively brace herself on the feeder with her tail, but she doesn't come close to fitting, LOL! If you've ever seen one up close, you know this is one BIG woodpecker! (These shots were taken through my living room window, BTW.)

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Wow!--great photos!--I only get fleeting glimpses of my pileated--

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 6:23PM
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Great picture----I've never seen one of these.
We have a nice big red-bellied that comes everyday--

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 9:31PM
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I get a downy but I would love to see a pileated.
Thanks for showing me.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2007 at 4:42AM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Great pictures. I have never been able to attract a Pileated Woodpecker here. I need to venture north into the more mountainous areas to see one.

You would be doing these big guys a favor if you put the suet feeder on a tree. I know that makes it more likely to attract unwanted guests, but woodpeckers feel more comfortable clinging to the bark.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2007 at 10:26AM
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AnneCecilia z5 MI

Thanks, Harry - that is an excellent idea and I'll see what I can do to put some suet out on the nearby old maple trees. I could probably tack some up high in an old onion bag. I definitely want to encourage these Pileateds to visit and at this time of year there's no animal wildlife wandering the winter landscape that I would worry about raiding the feeder. Later towards spring, however, it would be a raccoon problem for sure.


    Bookmark   February 11, 2007 at 12:52PM
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