Close to twenty species of woodpeckers
live in North America. Most woodpeckers live all year in the same area and don't
migrate. Woodpeckers can be found in a variety of habitats including farmlands,
open woodlands, orchards, oak and pine woods, parks and gardens.
Woodpeckers are very beneficial to our
environment. They eat thousands of wood boring insects and other garden pests.
You can usually observe most woodpeckers spiraling around a tree trunk in search
of food. Attracting woodpeckers to your own backyard is very enjoyable and these
perky birds will reward you by eating insect pests in your garden such as
crickets, ants, grasshoppers, flies, spiders, wasps, beetles, and grubs. A
single flicker can eat thousands of carpenter ants in one day!
ATTRACTING WOODPECKERS TO YOUR
Here's some great tips on how to get these perky
birds to visit your backyard:
- Woodpeckers dine mostly on insects, but will also eat acorns, nuts,
fruit, sap, berries and pine seeds.
- Suet, suet and more suet! Offering suet in
your backyard is the best enticement to attract woodpeckers. Smear suet
in the bark of a tree, offer suet cakes in wire cages or other specially designed suet feeders. We also have
ready to use suet cakes available in a
variety of peanut, seed, berry and raisin flavors for home delivery.
- Woodpeckers will come to your backyard feeder if you
have plenty of perching space and offer their favorite food: black oil
sunflower seed. Select a platform feeder or seed feeder with lots of perching space. Some woodpeckers will be
attracted to cracked corn or grapes, raisins and apples on a platform
- Create or preserve a snag in your backyard. A snag can be an old
dead tree or tree stump. Snags are extremely important for providing
food, nest sites and homes for woodpeckers. Many woodpeckers prefer dead
or rotting trees for excavating their nest holes.
- Mount woodpecker houses around your yard. See our nesting box dimensions chart for specifications
on some familiar woodpeckers and their preferences.
- Plant an oak tree. Woodpeckers love acorns!
- Plant a pine tree. Woodpeckers will love the shelter they provide as
well as eat the pine seeds and sap.
- Lots of woodpeckers relish the sugar water found in hummingbird
feeders. If they are feeding at your hummingbird feeder, enjoy! If you
want to offer this treat, make sure your choice of hummingbird feeder
has large ports to accommodate their beaks.
- Plant a berry or fruit producing bush or tree such as dogwood,
serviceberry, tupelo, mountain ash, strawberry, cherry, grapes,
bayberry, holly, blueberries, apples, mulberry, brambles, and
Coveside Conservation Windowsill Feeder Natural
Conservation windowsill feeders will give you plenty of up close bird viewing
from the comfort of your home. The feeders are designed to sit on your
windowsill and are held in place by easy to use spring set dowels that fit
securely in the screen window tracks.
•Open Back and acrylic top gives you plenty of great viewing
double hung windows up to 38" wide
• Perforated metal screen feeding platform
for proper drainage.
• Clean and fill from the inside of your
Coveside Downy Woodpecker House
America's smallest woodpecker, the Downy is a
backyard favorite. They are friendly little birds that
enjoy being around people. Since Downys tend to use nest boxes in the winter as
roosts to escape the cold, one might want to put up a house in the fall. Comes
standard with slate squirrel guard and wood chips.
Resides throughout eastern United States.
open forests of mixed growth, orchards, swamps.
(15-1/2"h x 5-3/4"w x 8"d)
Coveside Mountain Bluebird House
largest of the bluebird houses, this box provides an ideal cavity for the only
RANGE: Breeds from southern
Alaska, Mackenzie and Manitoba south to western Nebraska, New Mexico, Arizona
and west to the coast. Winters from British Columbia and Montana south through
HABITAT: Breeds in high mountain meadows with
scattered trees and bushes; in winter descends to lower elevations, where it
prefers the plains and grasslands.
7-1/4"w x 9"d)
Coveside Northern Flicker House
Northern Flicker is a woodpecker that utilizes a bird house quite
readily. If there is a problem with a flicker pecking a
hole in a building, fill the this house with wood chips and position it over the
unwanted excavation to provide a more suitable nesting
RANGE: Resides throughout the U.S. and
HABITAT: Prefers open country with trees, parks and
large gardens; especially in or at the edge of open woods..
(17-3/4"h x 9-1/4"w x 11"d)
Coveside Three Woodpecker House
few varieties of woodpeckers will live in a man-made box, but the Hairy,
Red-headed and Red-bellied Woodpeckers regularly do so.
This house comes with wood chips and a slate predator guard to keep squirrels
from enlarging the entrance hole.
RANGE: Resides throughout
the U.S. and Canada, and north to Alaska. Some northern birds move south for the
HABITAT: Lives in or at the edge of open woods,
prefering deciduous forests.
(17-1/2"h x 7-1/2"w
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