If you enjoy bird watching, attracting woodpeckers to your backyard is a must. There are over 20 different species of woodpeckers living all over the United States. These birds are seen by many as a nuisance, but for the avid bird watcher they are beautiful creatures worthy of respect.
The best method for attracting woodpeckers is to use suet. Suet is a combination of animal fat, peanut butter, seeds, nuts, fruits, or bread crumbs and can be made at home or bought at the local pet or feed store. The best way to present the suet to the birds is to smear it on tree bark or on a piece of log. If you prefer, suet feeders can be used as they are convenient and easy to fill.
Woodpeckers also enjoy feeding on such things as berries, oats, acorns, fruits, and insects. If you place a feeder in your backyard with a combination of their favorite foods, you are likely to see a lot of woodpeckers.
Another good way to attract woodpeckers is to plant pine trees. These provide adequate shelter for the birds and provide pine seeds and sap for the woodpeckers to feast upon. You can also plant fruit trees and bushes around your yard to attract them.
You will want to place a snag in your yard to allow a proper nesting and feeding environment for the woodpeckers. A snag can be an old tree stump or log. A snag will help keep the woodpeckers from perching on areas of your home which could cause damage.
If you are looking for a simpler way to attract these beautiful birds to your yard, you can put up a nesting box or shelter. It is best to design the box to look as much like a dead tree or log as possible. This will entice the birds to come to nest. Placing a clean, water-filled bird bath in the area is also a great way to bring the woodpeckers in your direction. They love the water for both drinking and bathing.
Another simple way to attract woodpeckers is to place a hummingbird feeder up in a tree in your yard. You will want to fill it with a sugar water solution consisting of one cup of sugar to 4 cups of water.
Whichever method you choose, be sure to keep the food and water plentiful and an abundance of nesting areas available so that they will want to remain. Then, sit back and enjoy.