A number of wild song birds including Eastern Bluebirds eat suet and frequently visit conveniently placed feeders. Suet is a relatively inexpensive high-energy wild song bird food. If you place a suet feeder near a window, you will be able to take great photos of a variety of wild song birds. Suet cakes can be purchased from stores selling wild song bird supplies. Please be sure to put out plenty of suet for the wild song birds in your yard.
Bluette (female – upper left) and Bluie (male – lower right).
Eastern Bluebird couple on suet cake feeder 12–04–2007
American Goldfinch eating suet 12–05–2007
Visitor on Suet Feeder 12–07–2007
Question #1 for bird watchers: Can you identify the species and sex of the bird in the photo immediately above? Answer at the bottom of the article.
Visitor on suet cake feeder 12–04–2007
Question #2 for bird watchers: Can you identify the species and sex of the bird in the photo immediately above? Answer at the bottom of the article.
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Answer to bird watchers question #1: The bird in the photo shown above for question #1 is a male Red-bellied Woodpecker. Male Red-bellied Woodpeckers have red crests extending from the napes of their necks to their bills. The red crests on females extend from the napes of their necks to the middle of the tops of their heads as seen in the photo immediately below.
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker on suet cake feeder
Answer to bird watchers question #2: The bird in the photo shown above for question #2 is a young female Downy Woodpecker nicknamed “Danielle.” Male Downy Woodpeckers have red crests across the tops of their heads as seen in the photo immediately below.
Male Downy Woodpecker on suet cake feeder