Posted: April 1, 2013, 12:15 p.m. PDT
Excerpted from "Feeder Facts” in "Popular Birding Series: Backyard Birding,” published by BirdChannel.com publisher I-5 Publishing LLC.
Use fatty nuts and suet sparingly in the summer when feeding woodpeckers.
Woodpecker bird feeders allow woodpeckers to cling vertically to the bird feeders with ease and, most importantly, to prop their tails for stability. For this reason, the majority of woodpecker bird feeders are quite lengthy. Some woodpeckers are content with upside-down while feeding, which keeps nonclinging bird species away from the bird food.
The mesh on a woodpecker bird feeder should allow for large, hulled bird food – like hulled peanuts and sunflower seeds – and suet to be eaten easily but not so easily that a raccoon or squirrel can squander the bird’s feast. Because woodpeckers are drawn to fatty nuts and suet, both of which can go rancid in warm weather, use these sparingly in the summer. Instead, offer fresh fruit and smaller amounts of suet and nuts, which woodpeckers will consume quickly.
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