Pileated Woodpecker snacking on a caged suet cake
This week’s Photohunt theme is Cage(d). Photohunt is brought to you by TnChick – home of the original photohunt.
This was actually not too hard since I just took a picture of a pileated woodpecker eating at our suet cage. We put our suet into a cage and hang it at the end of a pole so the squirrels don’t get to it. The squirrels are very resourceful and can leap or tightrope walk out to the suet. We have this hanging with segments of PVC pipe that roll. It is pretty unsteady so it keeps the squirrel off most of the time. But the bigger birds like the woodpecker, flicker and crows have a very hard time hanging on to the swinging cage but they are able to sink their large claws into the frame and hang on while it swings around. We get lots of different birds – and it brings a lot of fun to us in the winter. We were about to take these down when the Pileated Woodpecker came in this week. They are probably getting ready to nest so maybe we’ll keep these high-energy feeders out for another couple of weeks.
Here are a few pictures of the different birds and squirrel that comes to the cage. Have a great weekend everyone.