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#1 jimswinder

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:36 PM

Just thought I would share this video of one of the two Pileated Woodpeckers that visit my Bird Feeding Station every now and then...

This one came by this morning and was enjoying the suet I have out...


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:57 PM

They really are stunning birds. Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:04 PM

I am jealous!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:02 PM

They are awesome! It's great when you get a chance to watch one for awhile!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:09 PM

I hear them in the woods behind me and have seen them. Not have visited my feeders. At least not when I'm watching.
Great video :)

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

Nice video! How long have the Pileateds been around the feeding station?

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:23 AM

Nice video! How long have the Pileateds been around the feeding station?


Actually they were around before I put up my feeders...which I put up before December I think...

We used to have a dead tree right behind where the feeders are, but I took it down last year...
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:30 AM

I'm jealous too! The ones I've seen never let me get close enough to get really good pics.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:39 AM

I'm jealous too! The ones I've seen never let me get close enough to get really good pics.


I'm about 50' away from my feeder..looking out thru a second story window and using the zoom on the Camcorder...
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:52 AM

Great video. I'd give my pinky finger on my right hand to see one of these beauties. Hey, since you have two, you wouldn't mind sending one my way, would ya?


(Edited to add: I love your avatar jimswinder.)

I'd rather be birding.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:15 AM

Great video. I'd give my pinky finger on my right hand to see one of these beauties. Hey, since you have two, you wouldn't mind sending one my way, would ya?


What's your address...I'll give it to one of them and send them on their way... :unsure:
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:18 AM

The one in my avatar flew in and started eating the fruits on a flowering crab tree while I was taking pics of chickadees. (Talk about being in the right place at the right time AND having your camera) Up until then, I didn't know they ate berries or fruits.

I have never seen one on our suet, which doesn't mean they haven't been there. We have lots of old, dead trees on the property, so they are pretty content with those I think.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

We have pileated woodpeckers in the woods behind our house...the neighbor said one year it was great fun watching the young babies try to fly and control their big heads and long necks!

One came to our feeder ONCE, but I see them in the woods once a week. Love these birds :)

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:30 PM

Awesome video. I would love to catch a woodpecker at my feeder.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

Great video! You have the IDEAL set-up to attract Pileateds to your suet! Nice and solid.

Years ago, when I had my suet basket hung from the chain that usually come with it, a Pileated got her foot STUCK in the chain! I about had an "attack"! Fortunately, she got free with no damange done. I immediately removed the chain and anchored the basket to the side of the wooden feeder. Mine show up at my suet basket several times a day now.... and usually let me know when they are on their way! Great birds!

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

sandylee ~ I made a big suet feeder just for Pileateds with a large backboard for them to grasp/rest their tails, but they still haven't made an appearance. Everyone else seems to like it, though. Guess I have to put up a sign, "Pileateds Welcome...all others use the smaller suet feeders."

Think it'll work? :D

I know they're around. They're regularly spotted at the Wastewater Treatment facility in Muskegon and a co-worker has one that visits her yard regularly just 4 miles from my home. I'm not giving up!

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:52 PM

Could work TOH! :P Seriously, don't give up! They are pretty territorial... so as there are more "babies" out there, could likely expand their range to your yard. Just a couple of my other observations.... if I happen to switch from home-made to "store-bought" suet, the Pileateds don't show up much. (maybe they don't like the seeds/other stuff in the store-bought cakes?) I haven't used just plain hunks of beef suet... but I have seen Pileateds eating that on other folks feeders... especially if it's just hung on a tree trunk (up pretty high)... but then the squirrels usually ruin it. I'm also not "sold" on the tail-rest idea... they seem to like to counter-balance themselves with their tail kind of "hooked under" the basket... a tail-rest may actually put them in a more awkward (for them!) position, although the woodpecker in the video doesn't seem to be having a problem!
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Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:27 PM

I got this suet feeder this past fall, hoping it would attract them.
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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:22 PM

Wow! We have many dead trees around and I have seen them high in the trees...but never close like this! I think your suet the way your suet is posted helps attract them too. Thanks for posting...a treat for me to see!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 04:26 PM

I think your suet the way your suet is posted helps attract them too. Thanks for posting...a treat for me to see!


Actually had it just hanging when they first started visiting and when I saw them having a "swinging" good time, decided to make it easier on them and moved it to the top.

PS Sorry for the horrible picture...cheap camera...but it's the Pilated and a Stellar Jay
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