Backyard Bird Spotlight – Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

My favorite backyard bird feeder to feed suet loving birds. Photo by Lauren Tingco
My favorite backyard bird feeder to feed suet loving birds.
Photo by Lauren Tingco

I’ve been getting a regular visitor at my bird feeding station. In the photo is a female Pileated Woodpecker who arrives every morning while I drink coffee and eat breakfast.  The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. They are also keystone species that create nesting and roosting cavities for many birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.  

It has been such a joy to have breakfast with this female Pileated Woodpecker. The log suet feeder is from Wild Birds Unlimited of Amherst. The log feeder attracts and feeds woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees. I have a suet cylinder dough in the flavor Nuts & Berries. The starlings and grackles tend to leave this vertical style feeder alone because they have trouble clinging to the resin log.

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Reference:

Sierra Forest Legacy. (2008). Pileated Woodpecker. Retrieved from Sierra Forest Legacy: https://www.sierraforestlegacy.org/FC_SierraNevadaWildlifeRisk/PileatedWoodpecker.php

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