In the spring when I was doing garden clean up I would hear woodpeckers in the empty lot behind us just drumming away on the trees. I have never seen one come to our bird feeder so I decided to purchase a woodpecker suet feeder just for them. I filled it with a blend of beef, cracked corn, peanut & nut pieces and black-oil sunflower.
A couple of weeks ago my husband hung it from the larch tree outside our living room window. A great place for me to keep an eye on things and see who comes to visit! After about a week I saw a black-capped chickadee enjoying a snack. I told myself just be patient and let them find it. Well, this past Saturday I looked out the window and to my surprise there was a cute Downy Woodpecker. I knew right away it was male by the small red patch on the back of his head. I yelled to Michael "Get the camera we have a woodpecker at the feeder!"
He is quite small with a black and white checkered pattern. Soon a friend came to join him.
I don't think hubby was totally convinced the woodpeckers would use a feeder so I'm glad I proved him wrong ... lol.
Thanks for stopping to visit me. Happy bird watching!