Follow these tips for attracting woodpeckers from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Backyard birdwatching is a fun activity for the whole family. You can learn about different species of birds, right in your own backyard. There are plenty of birds that will flock to your backyard – including woodpeckers. Not only are woodpeckers beautiful and fun to watch, but they also are great helpers in the garden. They love to eat up insects and grubs, helping to balance your garden. There are a few things you can do to attract these unique birds to your yard. Follow these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Woodpecker Feed & Feeders
Woodpeckers enjoy a variety of food. Some of their favorites include nuts, berries, insects and sap. You can also provide feed such as suet, peanuts, black oil sunflower seeds, mealworms and peanut butter. For bird seed, be sure to use feeders that will support woodpeckers. Common feeders include suet cages and platform feeders.
Woodpeckers prefer watering spots that look natural and are more isolated than your typical bird bath. A ground bird bath or a small water source with moving water are both great options for woodpeckers. Keep it away from other bird nesting sites to encourage the woodpecker. A heated birdbath is also a great addition in the cold winter months.
Woodpecker Nesting & Shelter Sites
Woodpeckers like to make their nest in the right bird house or the cavity of a dead tree. If you plan on cutting down a dead tree, save part of the trunk as a nesting spot for woodpeckers. These birds also like nesting boxes – the boxes or birdhouses should be mounted 10-20 feet high, and the hole should be big enough for the woodpeckers to fit through.
There are plenty of ways to make your yard woodpecker-friendly. While these basic needs can be met, you may need to add a little more to your lawn to bring in the birds. A separate feeding and watering station will give these shy birds their own space away from noisy songbirds. This can be placed near mature trees, preferably oak and pine. Also make sure that bird seed and suet is fresh.
Using these simple tips and tricks can help you attract woodpeckers, and other species of your favorite birds. For more ideas and tips on wild birds, visit our Wild Bird Care blog.