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Friday, August 14, 2020

Birding: What is suet and how does it attract woodpeckers?

the best suet and suet feeder to attract woodpeckers

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Birding:  What is suet?


I also got way too excited to see...
...e-mails in my R&W inbox with questions on my bird sanctuary.  If you missed it, that post is here.  I'm happy to see that my hobby and knowledge is being made of use to others.

The first question was- What is bird suet?
GREAT question!  Bird suet (link) is bird food packed into some type of lard that is also safe to eat.  The birds have to dig and peck through the suet in order to get to the seed or other type of food.  A suet feeder hangs upright and is great for birds that prefer not to or simply won't perch on a regular feeder.  You would use suet to attract birds like woodpeckers, blue jays, and starlings, chickadees, warblers, and wrens.  

How do you offer suet cakes to birds?
With a suet feeder, of course!  We have this suet feeder (link).  It holds two suet cakes at a time, has access to the suet cakes on two sides, and has a decent size tail prop so our woodpeckers are comfortable.  Many people put up suet cages and can't understand why woodpeckers aren't going to the feeder.  The answer is simple.  Woodpeckers need stability for their tail.  Suet feeders with tail props give this stability making it a more inviting and comfortable space for woodpeckers to eat from.

What suet cakes do you use?
We strictly offer these Insect Delight suet cakes (link) because they have everything a bird needs to remain healthy and they apparently taste good!  They're "no melt" suet which is important.  For the suet newbies, you probably haven't experienced your money be melted away as the suet melts in the son.  These cakes withstand even the hottest Summer days in my yard.  The quality ingredients in the cake include corn, peanuts, beef suet, oats, and grasshoppers.  The birds will be happy with their treat and you can feel good about what you're giving them.

Do you have a suet feeder?

9 comments :

  1. That is one lovely starling! Which reminded me of Sterling Knight, where did that lovely chap disappear? Back in the days he was hot as sweet hell.

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    1. I had a hard time identifying that bird because of the molting chest, but I went to my birding app and they helped me figure it out. I've clearly, "gone to the birds".. LOL

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  2. One time, yes only ONE time, I had a small flock of those come to our feeder. I had to look them up, too. I guess they were only passing through.

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    1. They are new to me! I did hear that they are sort of bullyish and can scare the other birds away. Hopefully we don't see him around for a while. We already have grackles and I could predict a turf war!

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  3. What a beautiful bird! We only get cardinals and robins mostly here. I did see a bunch of blue jays in my yard this week though.

    Safe travels back home. I'm sure you'll be glad to get home and rest up (because vacations are exhausting LOL!)

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    1. Exhausting is definitely the word I would use.. oh, and skeeved. LOL I was so not made for water parks!

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  4. Sure sitting pretty. Making the birds work for their meal too. We watched a seagull murder a crab and chow down yesterday. That count for anything?

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    1. LMAO!! Are you saying that I should put crabs in the bird bath to attract seagulls? That would be a big no. The day a sea gull comes to my feeder is the day I close shop. They scare the crap out me.. hahaha

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