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    Attracting Woodpeckers to a Wild Bird Feeder

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Woodpeckers are fantastic birds that are can be quite tricky to spot, although they can be heard very clearly. Wild bird feeders are a good way of attracting woodpeckers into your garden so you can observe them feeding. This guide outlines how to go attract woodpeckers using a wild bird feeder. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Wild Bird Feeders

    • The first thing to do is purchase a suet cage. These are very cheap and blocks of suet are also cheap, alternatively, you could even make your own suet. Garden centres and hardware shops will sell all the required equipment. You can make for the wild bird feeder by taking some beef fat, heating it in a saucepan, straining it into another saucepan, allowing that to cool and then reheating this and straining again. Allow this final strained fat to cool and go hard. You then have suet.
    • Put the block(s) of suet into the wild bird feeder and hand it somewhere. It is best to try and avoid hanging it in trees as you will end up feeding more squirrels than attracting woodpeckers. It is better to hang the wild bird feeder from the eaves of a house or from a window frame.
    • It may be a good idea to add nuts and seeds to suet, especially in winter as woodpeckers use a lot of calories to survive and having these will further help to attract the woodpeckers.
    • The best way to attract woodpeckers to wild bird feeders is to place them in a relatively quiet and protected place, safe from predators. Woodpeckers are shy which is what makes them hard to spot.
    • You are much more likely to attract woodpeckers to a wild bird feeder if you live in or near a wooded area as this is their main habitat. Woodpeckers normally eat the insects that are present in dead trees but it will not take them too long to find your wild bird feeder.
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