In the mature trees behind our Brad Street home, we spotted a male Pileated Woodpecker drilling a home high up in the crook of oak branches.
The female Pileated Woodpecker has not been a stranger to our suet feeder. She lingers on the underside of our squirrel and starling proof suet feeder taking in a long feed.
Another squirrel deterrent is this tube feeder with a "bouncing" feeder ring that closes the feeder/seed ports when a squirrel puts his weight on it. We spotted a Red Winged Blackbird who is not a common feeder bird but we think he was lost and hanging out with a flock of Grackles that came by. His weight didn't close the seed ports but the heavier Grackles closed them.
The squirrels and large birds will try and try to eat the seed form this feeder and will eventually give up. Enough seed does fall to the ground to please their appetite and to feed birds that are more comfortable feeding on the ground such as the Mourning Dove which is quite puffed up in this chilly weather.
As winter still holds Raymondale in its grasp it is important to provide food and shelter for the birds. They need the energy food provides to protect them in the cold weather. Shelter, man made or natural, protects them too. This Carolina Chickadee enjoys one of our birdhouses and we look forward to seeing the chicks come spring!