Here’s a great nature activity for those cold winter days when a warm house and a cup of cocoa are more appealing than heading out for a hike.
Try hanging a suet feeder on a tree that you can see from your window, and then pull up a chair and watch the show!
Woodpeckers are particularly fond of suet, and in this area you can expect to see downy, hairy, and red-bellied woodpeckers and also their cousins the yellow-bellied sapsuckers and flickers.
Nuthatches are also suet lovers. White-breasted and brown-headed nuthatches live in our area year ‘round. This year due to less than optimal conditions in their winter feeding grounds, you may also see their northern relative, the red-breasted nuthatch.
During the winter months you may also be lucky enough to see birds such as kinglets and pine warblers at your suet feeder.
Hint – squirrels and other mammals love suet too, so buy the “hot pepper” type to discourage them. Birds don’t seem to mind the hot pepper taste, but mammals will usually avoid it. Happy birding!