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Jan 21, 2012

The real suet is a big hit

Photos by BarrytheBirder
The Downy Woodpeckers love the real suet I have switched to, instead of the reconstituted suet blocks that I have put out for many years.   I don't know why I didn't switch sooner, especially since my butcher gave me the suet free!   Those other blocks aren't cheap.   The female (left) and male (right) pictured above are now a constant presence throughout the day, whereas before they were irregular visitors.   I am disappointed that the Hairy Woodpecker hasn't joined them yet.   A male Hairy showed up twice in the late fall but I haven't seen him since.   This extremely mild and variable winter weather that we've had so far seems to be confounding assumptions and predictions about feeding behaviours for a lot of species, but I am content to see what I shall see.
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