After 10 days of fog so thick I couldn’t see the neighbor’s house across the street in the morning, we have a partially sunny morning at last. That, and temperatures hovering at 0 F brought the woodpeckers into the backyard suet feeders all at once. In the space of about five minutes, four woodpecker species snacked on the peanut-enriched suet in my new feeders.
I have learned that all suet is not the same — woodpeckers really delight in the peanut variety, over just fat and bird seed pressed together. They also seem to prefer logs over cakes, whether because they like the idea of drilling in a hole, or because the log variety of suet just tastes better. So this is what I buy for them now.
I found I could save quite a bit on buying suet feeders by just converting appropriate sized logs from tree branch clean-up into log feeders. My husband drilled the 1 inch holes with his largest drill bit, fastened an eye-bolt into the top of the log, and voila — log feeder ready for filling. Plus, with the rough surface of the log easier to cling to, no additional grooves need to be cut into its surface. Chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and even Blue Jays visit these log feeders often.