It’s getting colder, so I decided to fill the bird feeders this week-end and do a little bird watching. In the summer, I don’t fill the feeders. Most of my backyard birds feast on my sunflowers in the garden. I thought it would take a few days for the birds to find the seed since I hadn’t filled them for months, but it only took a few hours.
I jumped for joy when I saw this fellow at the feeder. This is a male Red Bellied Woodpecker. Isn’t it beautiful. Wondering where the red is on his belly? Me too. I do know they love the black oil sunflower seeds, but mostly they love pecking on this tree and my gutters. Apparently, the sound resonates and a potential mate will hear the call. They also hide seed for later consumption in the crevices of trees, which is what he’s doing in the bottom picture. This winter I will set out a suet feeder. They love any kind of suet.
Furthermore, if you want to attract woodpeckers to your backyard, purchase or build a platform feeder and add sunflowers or safflower seeds. They also love peanut butter and cracked corn, which I add to pine cones during the winter. You can find my post on peanut butter pine corns here.
Are you a bird watcher? What are some of your favorite backyard birds?