Ethel Smith, Minnesota

Woodpecker problems

July 21, 2008

Categories: General, Non-Daffodil

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I too have cedar siding on my house, but the woodpeckers have left it alone so far. I do keep two suet feeders filled as often as possible and I enjoy the woodpeckers visiting them. I usually get the hairy and downy but there’s a red-bellied that always lets me know he’s there with a loud “Hank- Hank”. Perhaps some suet feeders would help keep the woodpeckers away from your siding, or perhaps I’m just lucky! Ethel Smith in MN

One response to “Woodpecker problems”

  1. Bill Lee says:

    I too have cedar shingles on the side of my house. But I use Ethel’s solution–I put out new suet in two different holders every day. I buy it at the supermarket, cut it to size, and freeze it in plastic bags. I also have commercial suet cakes in the two holders on the big sunflower seed feeder. Yes, I get an occasional pecking on the siding and we just chase them away. But that is infrequent and it is usually the flicker who is doing it.

    We are visited by the downy, hairy, and red-bellied woodpecker frequently. Flicker less often. Although we haven’t seen them in a couple years, we also used to be visited by the red-headed woodpecker (a handsome fellow) and the pilleated woodpecker, the model for the cartoon character Woody the Woodpecker.

    As for using red pepper flakes to deter other creatures, squirrels in particular I guess, rub a little in your own eyes and then decide whether you want to keep on using that method.

    Bill Lee