I don’t often post on Saturdays and I promise this isn’t turning into a birding blog. Just had a few more pictures I thought you might find helpful if you enjoy feeding the birds. If that’s not your thing, don’t worry, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming come Monday. 🙂
You may remember a while back when I posted a picture of my first ever pileated woodpecker stopping by for a visit. Since then I realized I actually have both a male and female visiting. One day, to my shock and delight, both came down to eat at the exact same time.
They normally take turns at the suet feeder that hangs on the right of the pergola but one day I looked out to see both feeding, the male on the suet feeder on the right side of the pergola and the female from the suet feeder hanging on the left side of the pergola. I so wish I could have gotten a photo of the two of them feeding at the same time, but when I tried the female spotted me and flew off.
When the first pileated woodpecker visited, I had a normal length suet feeder hanging from the pergola. The only reason he was able to visit the feeder was because it hangs against one of the large support/posts of the pergola, so the post gave him a place to prop his tail.
If you would like to attract pileated woodpeckers to your yard, you may want to consider buying a suet feeder with a much longer tail prop at the bottom. After I realized I had a pileated visiting, I ordered this suet feeder with the longer tail prop from Amazon.
The other thing I really like about this feeder is the openings are much larger than my old suet feeder (above) which I think really helps Mr. Pileated get his larger beak through to the suet. Now that I think about it, I should probably order a second one since Mrs. Pileated is occasionally visiting at the same time. I can always hear her “talking” in the trees while he feeds and as soon as he leaves, she flies down to have a turn.
Suet for the non-clinging birds
This winter has been sooo cold. Recently I noticed something I’d never seen before…the bluebirds were trying to cling onto the front of the suet feeder and eat. Bluebirds are not the clinging type, they much prefer to sit and enjoy their meal. I noticed they were having a very hard time trying to cling onto the suet feeder and usually just gave up.
I remembered I had a small plastic dish that I used to put meal worms in before I purchased the rail feeder. So here’s what I did and it worked great! I took one of the suet cakes I purchased at my local birding store, broke off a big chunk and crumbled it up into the little plastic feeding dish. The dish has two small holes in the bottom so that allowed me to tie it to the dormant branches of the hibiscus on my deck.
The birds that aren’t good clingers absolutely LOVE it! They go through the suet in about 3 days. Below you’ll see a bluebird and a Goldfinch vying for who gets to eat first.
Suet really helps the birds this time of year when it’s so cold out. This is a great way to offer suet to birds who can’t cling onto a typical suet feeder to eat.
Now that I’ve figured out how to make a slider, I put together a slightly longer one (38 seconds) than the one I posted yesterday of the bluebirds feeding. This slider shows the other two little bluebirds joining in. Hope you enjoy! Oh, and see if you can spot the other bird that does a quick photo bomb in the background. lol I think it’s a Goldfinch.
Pssst: Click the little bracket box in the lower right corner next to words “You Tube” to watch the slider full screen. Click the little half circle in the lower left corner to replay it again. Hit the “escape” button when done.
Have a wonderful weekend! See you on Monday for Metamorphosis Monday!