Some birds love cake!

Adding suet feeders brings different species to your yard to feed. We have several suet feeders. Most birds like suet and some will only eat suet and avoid seeds. We get lots of Northern Flickers, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers as well as occasional Pileated Woodpeckers. The suet feeder on the post shows a male Hairy Woodpecker on the left and a male Downy Woodpecker on the right. 

This is a Northern Flicker. The red V on the nape is common with the Eastern, Yellow Shafted Flicker, but not on our Red Shafted Flickers. Sometimes they interbreed and we get Flickers with these markings. We did get one last year that had yellow, and not red, feathers under the wings

This photo shows an aluminum skirt I made from sheet metal which keeps squirrels and raccoons from climbing up the post. On the hanging feeder is a Sparrow feeding a very large baby bird. Looks very much like a Brown Cowbird. Cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds’ nests and let the other birds raise their young for them. 

We have a hanging suet feeder that even Pileated Woodpeckers can eat from. They don’t seem to mind hanging upside down as they eat. 

Suet feeders also attract Bushtits, Juncos, Townsend’s Warblers, Towhees and many others.

Above is a Townsend’s Warbler. These pretty little birds come around in Winter.

- from Eric Griswold, Johnson Rd.

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