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Bird Watching: Wood Pecker?

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June 18, 2013
6:25 AM

Post #9563221

For years I have been trying to get a photo of the wood pecker that loves the bugs in our trees. I always thought it was a red headed wood pecker but now I am not sure. I hope the photo is clear enough for identification. I was walking back up to the house from out back when I spotted woody and his mate Waay up in a tree. I had my camera on still so I gave it a shot. His mate eluded me completely and I only got one chance at woody.

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Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2013
7:07 AM

Post #9563262

He's a Red-bellied Woodpecker. His mate looks almost the same, except she only has the Red color on the back of her head & neck.

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June 18, 2013
7:49 AM

Post #9563312

Whats in that feeder? How close to your house do you have it and how low to the ground? Oh and thank you for the information. As always very good photo.
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2013
9:28 AM

Post #9563450

The feeder is filled with Suet. That particular feeder is one of the "upside-down" types. They're shaped kind of like a "house with a roof". When I first switch over to them from the typical suet cages, the Woodpeckers don't realize there's suet in them so I hang the feeders "sideways" until they get used to them. That's what you see in this picture taken early Spring. We now have them upside-down like they should be.

Most of the year we use the regular suet cages, but in Spring we tend to get lots of Blackbirds and Bluejays that quickly devour the suet. Since it's hard for those birds to eat on their backs, the suet lasts longer and the Woodpeckers can eat in peace with the "upside-down" feeders.

That one is hanging on a heavy-duty Shepherd's hook with 4 separate hooks. It's about 5 feet high and about 30 feet from the house, but you can hang suet feeders anywhere. Many people just hang them in trees or on the tree trunks.

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