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Woodpeckers, nuthatches love natural suet feeder

By Maury Lewis
News from the Adair Co. Garden Club

There is a cavity in a tree in my bird feeding area.

I place shredded paper in the hole before I put the suet in. I knew that the suet was low but I have been gone this morning to the Birding 101 class.

When I got home I looked out my kitchen window and saw a Red-Bellied Woodpecker at the cavity throwing the shredded paper out, trying to find some suet.

I went out and filled the cavity and took some pictures so people could see how we can use the trees themselves for feeders.

The Nuthatches and all the Woodpeckers love to feed from this. -Maury E. Lewis

This story was posted on 2011-02-06 05:08:36
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Birds of Kentucky: Natural Suet Feeder

2011-02-06 - KY 92, Adair Co., KY - Photo by M.E. Lewis.
M.E. Lewis found that by stuffing the bottom of the knot hole in this tree with newspaper, and closing the hole with a stopper of suet, she had a natural woodpecker feeder. It worked, but, she found, the Woodpeckers aren't too patient when she doesn't continually maintain it. However, the Nuthatches, daintier, more refined diners, accept the hospitality with more gratitude.

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