Turn Your Yard into a Woodpecker Cafe!

Here are a few tips for feeding and bringing woodpeckers to your yard.

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  • tube feeder
  • split peanuts
  • black oil sunflower seeds
  • suet

PUT OUT SOME SUET

Woodpeckers really go for suet. You can buy suet cakes in many supermarkets and at other stores that sell bird food. Hang the cakes from tree branches in mesh bags, wire cages, or special suet feeders.

 

Woodpecker Cafe by Debbie PalenOFFER OTHER TREATS

Woodpeckers often eat seeds and nuts. Here are ways to feed them:

  • Tube feeder with black oil sunflower seeds
  • Peanut tube feeder with split peanuts (sold at birding stores)


PLANT A MEAL

Lots of woodpeckers are part-time fruit-eaters. So why not plant a fruit shrub or tree? Some possibilities are dogwood, cherry, or serviceberry.


SAVE DEAD WOOD

If you have a dead tree in your yard, think about leaving at least part of it standing. Tall stumps make great woodpecker cafes!

 

 

To find out what native trees or shrubs grow in your area, go to eNature's Web site and ask a parent to help you select the region and a tree or shrub of your choice.

 


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