Woodpeckers like my backyard trees a lot. I have large Oaks and Hickory Trees and the neighbors do as well. I have two suet feeders in my backyard and boy, do the woodpeckers love snacking on these. Anecdotally, I can tell you that the fruit-flavored suet and the peanut suet are favorite suet flavors of the woodpeckers. The Pileated Woodpecker is extra-large and has a black back, and has a white and black face with a red crest of feathers on its head. The woodpeckers eat insects but also like nuts, acorns and other seeds, berries and small fruits. The woodpeckers live and nest in the hollowed-out cavities of trees. The Pileated Woodpecker uses its large thick pointed bill to peck or drill out tree trunks and to pry insects out of tree bark. The bill is also handy for storing away food in caches in the bark of favorite trees.
I think that the Pileated Woodpeckers are smart birds! It was funny, in one picture, you can see a Canada Goose staring down the Pileated Woodpecker. What you don’t see in the photo is the five Canada Goslings just under the suet feeder where that woodpecker was hanging from. Everyone behaved well and the woodpecker eventually flew off. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!