This is my suet feeder which is right outside my window. It contains a pure white suet cake (tree-rats don’t like it) and is inserted under the roof. A black metal grate holds the cake underneath and allows only the birds that can hang upside down (woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches) to feed on it.
After battling tree rats, starlings, and grackles who ate my cakes in record time, installing this feeder was the perfect solution.
Now I am rewarded with the visit of some special downy woodpeckers everyday. O how blessed I am!
I always get excited when the male comes by because I recognize the red spot on his head. He is very handsome.
I do worry about their safety sometimes. Being upside down can put you in a disadvantaged position, don’t you think? And with many birds in my neighborhood comes many hawks as well. Why does the downy woodpecker constantly make a noise when he eats? “PEEP, PEEP, PEEP….” Over and over they call. Isn’t this giving away your location?!?
Has anyone else found this to be strange?