Pair of Pileated Woodpeckers in Minocqua, Wisconsin

by Darlene Batwinski
(Minocqua, Wisconsin, USA)

We have a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that come to our back yard. I have three large suet feeders that are connected together, and I made some homemade peanut butter suet and hung them high against a tree just off our patio. We usually have one Pileated Woodpecker that comes almost every day, but the other day we had two Pileated Woodpeckers pecking from either side of the tree at the suet. I tried to snap their picture, but was inside the house, and the flash caused a glare in the photo.

Also, a few weeks ago, one of the Pileated Woodpeckers was pecking at the suet, and when he was finished eating, he called out to his mate, and you could hear the other one call back to him, and then he flew off in that direction.

They are so interesting to watch, and they almost look prehistoric! They are very large birds. We live in a very wooded area with lots of very tall trees, pine trees, lakes, etc. We also have lots of eagles in our area as well as deer.

You are very fortunate!

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Nov 03, 2015
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Nov 03, 2015
Great post NEW
by: jimmy

It is good to know that a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers comes in your garden.These birds are very beautiful,i have seen them,their feathers are beautiful.Please post some pictures of them.
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Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Pileated Woodpecker
by: Darlene Batwinski

I have a few photos of the Pileated Woodpecker, but no photos of both woodpeckers together. They were both feeding on the suet again this afternoon, but by the time we got the camera, one flew off. I put out a fresh batch of peanut butter suet, which was made with vegetable crisco, peanut butter, oatmeal, flour, cornmeal, and peanuts, and I hung it high in the tree next to where the older suet is, and just after I hung it in the tree, the one woodpecker flew back over to the old suet and then flew over to the new suet and checked it out. I will keep trying to get a picture of both woodpeckers.

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