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Bob Vuxinic -

Crossville, TN, United States


I know I’m lucky. Some people have yet to see a Pileated Woodpecker up close and personal, while the Pileateds around my house have a distinct preference for the suet feeder that hangs 20 inches outside my window. Yes, it took six years before the first woodpecker dared to try that feeder, but now I love being able to sit and watch them destroy a suet cake from behind the most basic observation-blind in the world: a board in the window with a hole through which I can observe, or through which I can stick my camera lens. I love being able to get their photographs almost at will, since they visit so frequently. Sure, I don’t get those wonderful wildlife “birds in their natural environment” photos, but only the “birds at my feeders” photos. BUT, I get to see them, live, from 20 inches away! Yep…I’m lucky.

Pileated Woodpeckers Like My Feeder

Male Pileated Woodpecker

3 replies on “Pileated Woodpeckers like my feeder”

Joan E. Wiitanen says:

We have like 5 suet feeders & tons of Woodpeckers including many Pileated and they’ve never come to our feeders and you have them all the time even when only a nibble is left-SO LUCKY ARE YOU! 🙂

Stefanie says:

Love your pics and your story! It took 2 years for me to get the flickers to come to the feeders. I will wait patiently for pileated!

Bob Vuxinic says:

As they said back in my day, Stefanie, “different strokes for different folks” — I have never been able to attract any Flicker to one of my feeders although they’ll visit my yard occasionally. So, you’ve got me beat there.

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