I have a store bought one out that no one seems to like, I just ran out of the home made one I stuck out there. Will put another out tomorrow. I have a feeder out there with nuts in it for the woodpeckers. They haven't attempted it though, they like the black oil sunflower seeds in the white feeders for sure. I haven't seen them in the suet either. Not even the home made stuff.
We have the Downy Woodpecker's and they are so funny. When they are raising their young they insist upon us giving them soaked Purina Puppy Chow.
They got started several years ago eating uneaten puppy chow that we sat out in yard for whatever critters wanted it. Then they started waiting in the trees for us to put out the bowls, then they started fussing at us when there wasn't any out, flying low as we walked by so we couldn't miss them. Now they will actually come to the window beside my computer as if to say, we're waiting on you!!!
I suppose I should ask the question on this forum if the puppy chow is OK for them to feed their babies.
Hi Kathy, I haven't seen the Red-bellieds eat suet except when they had fledglings.
Otherwise they like Sunflower Seed,Peanuts (mixed w/ SS) and the Seed Cakes.
The Downys eat the suet but the store bought type I have is a more expensive brand bought from the bird store, Almond is their favorite flavor. They also like the home made stuff. Are you hanging the suet in a tree or do you have squirrels? I have a
Hot Pepper suet (no nuts inside) in the tree that the squirrels won't touch but the Downys love!
We have a recipe for hot pepper suet in the Sticky (Helpful Guides& Tips) 2nd post , 1st recipe.
Judy, Thats a good question about the dog food. I would get the ingredient list off the bag and send it to someplace that could answer the question for you. I don't have a dog right now so I don't know the ingrdients; plus I just woke up,lol.
I have a feeder just outside my office window.
One day I saw a very strange woodpecker ; totally black with a dash of red behind the head and some white along its wings. I looked in every book and every website and just could NOT figure out what it was!!?? I thought I had a new species or a mutation !!
Several weeks went by and I saw the bird several times, each time inspecting every detail to give me a hint.
Alas ...after a nice rainy day the culprit was exposed!
He had been working in a burned forest area so the black on his face was ASH! ;)
Here's a red headed that visits only when the cherries are ripe. Otherwise you have to go further into the woods to see him. Very interesting to see him pick the cherry, then fly to the nearby gum tree where he removes the cherry seed and eats the flesh.