Closeup of Pileated Wood Pecker
Recently, we were blessed by the presence of a Pileated Woodpecker who decide that our yard was his new playground. He comes every day now and drums on our Pine tree. We are thrilled to have him and created suet bird feeders to encourage him to stay as long as possible. Below is the suet recipe that we use to lure our friend, the Pileated Woodpecker and other birds to our yard.
Pileated Woodpecker photo by jgates513
Recently, a new friend arrived in our neighborhood, Mr. Pileated Woodpecker. I’ve lived in Maine for over 14 years now and I’ve only heard their calls. Never have I been graced by their presence.
It all started the day Mark was going for a walk in the woods to think. Suddenly he heard a loud screech. When he looked up, he saw a massive woodpecker in the tree next to him. Mark followed his new friend from tree to tree that day deep into the woods. He came home excited as this has only been his second Pileated woodpecker siting and he’s lived in Southern Maine his entire life. After that fateful day, our friend decided we were okay and started hanging out in our backyard munching on one of our pine trees. Knowing that Pileated woodpeckers tend to be on the elusive side, I wanted to build a suet log bird feeder to help him stay fed and happy throughout the winter. Who knows maybe he’ll decide to stay with us a little bit longer.
Below are instructions on how you can build your own suet bird feeder from logs in your backyard. If you don’t feel like being crafty but are looking for a way to lure Pileated Woodpeckers or other birds to your backyard, I listed a few great log bird feeders that you may like to buy at the bottom of this post.