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So that's where the suet is going!

Posted by annececilia z4b/North.Mich. (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 10, 07 at 18:01

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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RE: So that's where the suet is going!

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

RE: So that's where the suet is going!

Great picture----I've never seen one of these.
We have a nice big red-bellied that comes everyday--

RE: So that's where the suet is going!

I get a downy but I would love to see a pileated.
Thanks for showing me.

RE: So that's where the suet is going!

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.

RE: So that's where the suet is going!

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.


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