How to attract woodpeckers

Attracting woodpeckers – feeding woodpeckers – best feeder design for wild birds

All the pictures of feeding woodpeckers and birds found on this page were taken by us in ourMale yellow bellied sapsucker on our woodpecker tree feeder backyard using an amazing new system for how to attract woodpeckers comprised of a unique woodpecker feeder tree and our specially formulated woodpecker food.  We developed this incredible system for attracting woodpeckers after spending many years as bird watchers studying these wild birds in their habitat, and observing and logging wild bird and woodpecker activity and movement patterns in and around different bird feeders with different kinds of bird feed.  Our system works better for attracting birds to your yard than any other mode or method of bird feeding – just view the pictures in our photo gallery (‘Woodpecker Pictures’ on the main menu) and you’ll see why!  Read on to find out the principles of our amazing system for how to attract birds of all different kinds to your yard!

How to attract pileated woodpeckers

Male pileated woodpecker eating suet on our innovative woodpecker tree feederIf you’re a bird watcher, then there’s little doubt you enjoy watching pileated woodpeckers when they swoop down from the upper reaches of the tree canopy on down to lower levels were they can be seen and observed more clearly.  The problem is, almost all types of woodpeckers spend the majority of their existence in the upper reaches of the trees, obscured by leaves and branches, and difficult to see (even with the use of the best birding binoculars). Because of this, getting these beautiful unique birds (and most especially attracting pileated woodpeckers) to frequent our backyard was extremely difficult – until recently! Thru many years of Female pileated woodpecker eating suet on our innovative woodpecker tree feederwoodpecker observation, research, and experimentation with different types of woodpecker food, different styles, locations, compositions, and presentations of feeders for woodpeckers, we have designed and developed the best feeder system for how to attract pileated woodpeckers (and most other types of woodpeckers) to our backyard that we have painstakingly proven to work exceptionally well – and keep these majestic birds coming back day after day. This is why our innovative designed woodpecker tree feeder is the ultimate pileated woodpecker feeder.

Studying woodpecker habitat – why do woodpeckers frequent dead trees?

how to attract pileated woodpeckersIf you’ve ever studied woodpecker habitat and watched a woodpeckers’ movements and habits, you would notice that they invariably search out and land (perch) on dead wood (snags, stumps, and old free-standing dead trees).  There are two reasons why they do this.  The most obvious reason is because most woodpeckers nest in dead trees within their habitat.  The other reason is because instinctively they know that they have a much better chance of finding woodpecker food in the bark, cracks, crevices, and holes of dead wood (where many different kinds of insects and bugs live and hide).

How to attract woodpeckers to your yard

Pileated woodpeckers love our creatively designed suet feedersWhen woodpeckers locate a particular area within their home range (and more specifically a particular group of trees or a single dead tree within their habitat) that is a good source for food, they will inevitably revisit that area (or tree) multiple times each day.  The keys then for how to attract woodpeckers to your yard are:

Provide birds with a food source (suet) they crave -woodpecker food

red bellied woodpecker feeding baby on our bird feeder

What do woodpeckers eat.  Woodpeckers (and all other species of wild birds) survival depends upon their ability to find food (woodpecker food consists of bugs, insects, larvae, tree sap, fruit, nuts, suet, berries).  Their survival dependence upon food is even more essential and apparent during the breeding season when adult woodpeckers need to feed their babies. Woodpecker facts reveal that they are constantly searching for sources of food.  When they find a good food source, they will return to it.  So, where is the best place for a wild bird to find food?  You guessed it…a dead tree!

Offer birds food in an authentic setting with a natural bird feeder design

Male downy woodpecker and catbird feeding on our wild bird feedersOffering birds food in an environment they are comfortable and familiar with is the best way to bring them out of the woods and into your yard.  The most natural setting (or place) for a wild bird to feed is in a dead tree (holes of dead trees), where they instinctively know food usually exists.  When the holes of the dead tree (which is what our woodpecker tree feeders are made from) contain food (suet), and you continually refill the holes with food (suet) when they start to get empty, birds will repeatedly come back for more.

Bird baths – providing water for birds to drink and bathe

Red bellied woodpecker on bird bathAre birds attracted to water – do they Pileated woodpecker on bird bathneed water?  You bet they do!  And when you provide wild birds with a place to drink and bathe that is near to a food source, you even further increase the attraction for those birds to frequent your yard!

Provide shelter and artificial nesting sites

Providing woodpeckers with ‘artificial’ nesting sites or bird houses is a great way of attracting woodpeckers to your yard!

How to attract red headed woodpecker, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, yellow bellied sapsucker to your yard

Female downy woodpeckerOur innovative bird feeding system not only attracts most types of woodpeckers in NY, it also is exceptional for how to attract birds of the following species (almost all of which we have photographed on our feeders and can be seen in our photo gallery):  Northern Cardinal, Blue jay, Northern Mockingbird, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Gray Catbird, Hermit Thrush, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Thrasher, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Crow, Common Grackle.