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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