Monday, April 1, 2013

Tail Prop

My new Tail Prop Woodpecker Feeder is a success!
The photos are through a screened window because these birds are very aware of any movement so I couldn't go to the glass door.  These feeders are supposed to help them balance as they eat the suet otherwise they swing and dangle due to their large size.  I found one deeply discounted at the nursery where we picked up our seed potatoes.  This  bird is a male -  he has a red stripe on his cheek.

You can see the couple feeding here.  One is on the normal suet feeder (left).  The female bird is actually doing a pretty good job but soon ended up almost upside down. I believe this may be a couple so perhaps we will see babies down the road.  One  is definitely male, the other must be female because she is lacking the red stripe on her cheek.

This one is determining the best approach to the feeder.
She hopped on either side of the feeder looking 
at different angles before leaping onto it.

They are so much fun to watch, and in this case, listen to as they call to each other and drum on tree trucks.  You  can see photos of them plus hear a vocalization at this link


Gorges Smythe said...

I bet the suet disappears in a hurry!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That does look like fun to watch! They are really pretty birds.


Kathy, they are beautiful! I wish we had more around here. I rarely see one. I must find some of those feeders like you have and maybe that would entice them closer in. So glad you posted this.

Manny said...

That's great. I'm going to have to try that.

Candy C. said...

Great pictures even through the screen! I'll bet you'll be seeing a lot more of them now that they have their snazzy new feeder! :)