Huge Pileated W-pecker at My Tiny Suet Feeder

by CP
(Herndon, VA)

I live in a top floor apartment that has many old oaks out front, and the complex verges on a wooded trail, where I'm sure Pileateds live. I've had a suet feeder up for years, and I'm used to receiving many types of birds, including Downy Woodpeckers.


In recent months, a female Pileated Woodpecker has been visiting my small suet feeder. She calls as she approaches, and sometimes does a few fly-bys before stopping. It is really amazing to see such a large bird on my feeder, and I love to see her whenever she comes for suet. I will gladly supply the suet for as long as she cares to come by. I think she eats a bit more than the smaller birds I'm used to!

I've tried taking pictures, but it's really difficult to get close enough to do so and not have her fly away.

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May 13, 2013
My pileateds returned NEW
by: AnonymousJudy m

I know how you fell when he shows up! Mine left the end of last summer. Now I have two sets of parent of downey a set of hairy woodpeckers. Now the male pileated is back he landed on top of the pole that hold my feeders and he has grown to size of a crow! He came with his two young to show them where to find food. I can't believe he came back with his young and how much larger he is. I love all three kinds of woodpeckers I have. Unless you have been up close to a pileaded you don't know what your missing!
I bought a large wooden block that holds suet logs last summer it's the best thing ever if you find one you will love it go to your bird store it's worth the money that love it. I use the bug berry and and nut suet logs I never knew about these blocks of wood that hold them you can put up to 8 rolls of suet or just one or 2. The suet stays dry and out of thd sun if you push them all the way in I push them half way in..
I have a set of Downeys building a home in one of my old trees I can't wait to see the babies. As many woodpeckers I get they all get along and are very friendly with all my birds they are sweet I love them all.
If you have never bothered to try to bring to your feeders you should try it you will be in love with these birds!
Thank for listing to my story Judy

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