Attracting woodpeckers – learn facts about woodpeckers
Learning some basic facts about woodpeckers in the wild, will show us the best ways for how to attract woodpeckers from their natural surroundings and into our backyards. Only when we understand the key facts about woodpecker habits, activity, movement, and feeding patterns will we be able to be successful at attracting woodpeckers. As their names would suggest, a ‘wood’ + ‘pecker’ lives almost anywhere there is ‘wood’ (trees) – national forests, suburbs, parks, orchards, tree farms, wooded field edges, and in more arid regions – brushy thickets, scrub, and cactus. If you’ve ever studied and watched a woodpeckers’ movements and habits, you would notice that while they use living trees for shelter and resting, they invariably search out and land (perch) on dead wood (snags, stumps, and old free-standing dead trees). There are two reasons why they do this. The most obvious reason is because most woodpeckers nest in dead trees within their home ranges. The other reason is because instinctively they know that they have a much better chance of finding food in the bark, cracks, crevices, and holes of dead wood (where many different kinds of insects and bugs live and hide). This is why woodpeckers are much more likely to inhabit (or live near) old growth forests, burned forest, and areas where trees have succumbed to disease or insect infestation – because these areas will have plenty of dead or decaying wood for woodpeckers to nest, perch, and forage in. So, how can you make your yard more attractive to woodpeckers?
How to attract woodpeckers – woodpecker food
All the pictures of woodpeckers and birds found on this page were taken by us in our backyard using an amazing new system for how to attract woodpeckers comprised of a unique woodpecker feeder tree and our specially formulated woodpecker food. We developed this incredible system for attracting woodpeckers after spending many years as bird watchers studying these wild birds in their habitat, and observing and logging wild bird and woodpecker activity and movement patterns in and around different feeders with different kinds of bird feed. Our system works better for attracting birds to your yard than any other mode or method of bird feeding – just view all the pictures on this page and you’ll see why! Read on to find out the principles of our amazing system for how to attract woodpeckers of all different kinds to your yard!
How to attract pileated woodpeckers
If you’re a bird watcher, then there’s little doubt you enjoy watching pileated woodpeckers when they swoop down from the upper reaches of the tree canopy on down to lower levels were they can be seen and observed more clearly. The problem is, almost all types of woodpeckers spend the majority of their existence in the upper reaches of the trees, obscured by leaves and branches, and difficult to see (even with the use of the best birding binoculars). Because of this, getting these beautiful unique birds (and most especially attracting pileated woodpeckers) to frequent our backyard was extremely difficult – until recently! Thru many years of woodpecker observation, research, and experimentation with different types of woodpecker food, different styles, locations, compositions, and presentations of feeders, we have designed and developed the best system for how to attract pileated woodpeckers (and most other types of woodpeckers) to our backyard that we have painstakingly proven to work exceptionally well – and keep these majestic birds coming back day after day. This is why our innovative system is the ultimate pileated woodpecker feeder.
How to attract woodpeckers to your yard
When woodpeckers locate a particular area within their home range (and more specifically a particular group of trees or a single dead tree within their habitat) that is a good source for food, they will inevitably revisit that area (or tree) multiple times each day. The keys then for how to attract woodpeckers to your yard are:
Provide woodpeckers with a food source (suet) they crave -woodpecker food
Woodpeckers (and all other species of wild birds) survival depends upon their ability to find food (woodpecker food consists of bugs, insects, larvae, tree sap, fruit, nuts, suet, berries). Their survival dependence upon food is even more essential and apparent during the breeding season when adult woodpeckers need to feed their babies. Therefore, woodpeckers (and all other wild bird species) are constantly searching for sources of food. When they find a good food source, they will return to it. So, where is the best place for a woodpecker to find food? You guessed it…a dead tree!
Offer woodpeckers food in an authentic setting with a natural feeder
Offering woodpeckers food in an environment they are comfortable and familiar with is the best way to bring them out of the woods and into your yard. The most natural setting (or place) for a woodpecker to feed is in a dead tree (holes of dead trees), where they instinctively know food usually exists. When the holes of the dead tree (which is what our woodpecker tree feeders are made from) contain food (suet), and you continually refill the holes with food (suet) when they start to get empty, woodpeckers will repeatedly come back for more.
Bird baths – providing water for woodpeckers to drink and bathe
Are woodpeckers attracted to water – do they need water? You bet they do! And when you provide them with a place to drink and bathe that is near to a food source, you even further increase the attraction for them to frequent your yard and come back day after day!
How to attract red headed woodpecker, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, yellow bellied sapsucker to your yard
Our innovative bird feeding system not only attracts most types of woodpeckers in NY, it also is exceptional for attracting birds of the following species (almost all of which we have photographed on our feeders and can be seen in our photo gallery): Northern Cardinal, Blue jay, Northern Mockingbird, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Gray Catbird, Hermit Thrush, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Thrasher, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Crow, Common Grackle.
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