Saturday, November 22, 2008

Liking that suet plug feeder


Mr. Downy is gorging himself today.























Mrs. Red bellied decided to give the telephone pole a rest and partake of the suet as well!

22 comments:

Jessica said...

I have two suet feeders out. I need to hang a few more now that winter is here. I think that will be one of my jobs today.

Denise said...

It's nice to see Mrs. Red-belly take a break from the telephone pole.

hillgrandmom said...

Suet as in meat fat? I really wasn't aware that birds would eat that.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Shell, such BEAUTIFUL shots. Great imagery. Your posts are DELIGHTFUL!!!

We have yellow bellies.

Our feeder waits patiently for the chickadees to sweep in and find it. Dinner is served. :D

Hugs, JJ

Deborah Godin said...

You get the best bird photos!!Love that Downy fellow, you can almost hear the "nom noms"!

Rambling Woods said...

I had to come and catch up on all your birds...I am interested in how you are recognizing individual chickadees. Mrs Redbelly must have been finding a lot of bugs in that old telephone pole. I had a brown creeper actually going to one of my suet feeders this mornings..It is very cold and very snowy her NE of Buffalo NY..

New Rambling Woods Site

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely photographs. The birds (and the squirrels) are hitting the suet hard in this cold weather. What fun they are.

Lynne said...

I just heard my first red-bellied of the winter!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I featured my Red-bellied also today.. I've named him Pete.... Check my blog!!! Have a great day!
Hugs,
Betsy

Jayne said...

What a great feeder! Love those shots of your suet connoisseurs!

Nick S said...

I wish we got Red-bellied Woodpeckers here. Great to to see both Woodies using the suet plug feeder.

Leedra said...

Lovely photos of both of them. Like the feeder, sure it looks good around that cabin.

Eve said...

I love that red-bellied picture! Very colorful Shelley!

Christy said...

Did you buy this feeder or make it yourself? It looks like a simple one to make and I am thinking of trying my hand or rather my husband's hand at some of these crafty type things. I don't know why but I have this fear of power tools. Gorgeous pics by the way.

Shellmo said...

Jess - I need to put more out as well. Richard at "At the Water" (he's in my favorites) has some good recipes to make homemade suet.

Denise - I thought so too!

Hill - I bought these suet blocks from the pet supply - but I am going to try to make my own. they usually have other things in them such as seeds and/or berries.

JJ - I would love to see what a yellow belly looks like!

Deborah - I have a pair that comes everyday and I love it!

Rambling - I've been looking at the size of their black bibs and the white on their cheeks.

NC - I agree on what fun they are!

Lynne - aren't they loud?! Lol!

Jayne - thank you!

Nick - they seem to prefer that one to the wire caged ones I have.

Leedra - this feeder I have downstate - but I am going to bring up a similiar one up to the cabin. Hopefully I get the same result!

Eve - thank you!!

Christy - I bought this one. But I think you're right that this should be fairly simple to make.

The Birdlady said...

Great! I like that feeder - I have some similar ones in the store, and they are very popular.

fishing guy said...

Shelly: Very nice capture of your woodpeckers.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WoW! Great shots.The suet is just what they needed to let them pose for you.

Gardener's Garden said...

I love your shot of the downey with his beak in the hole. They sure do love that suet in the winter and I've got three feeders up. I've got one similiar to yours that we made with and old log and they love it!

letspaintnature.com said...

Your woodpeckers are lovely!!! I only see downy woodpeckers at my feeder :)

Larry said...

Super photos Shelley! I discovered your blog via Dave's Bird Watching Blog. The downy and red-bellied are beautiful. I too will be putting up more suet feeders as it is finally getting cooler here in northern California.

I try to put the store bought suet in the feeders the jays can get to and my "good stuff" (homemade suet) in the feeders only the clingers can negotiate. I still go through 3 times more homemade suet than the store bought stuff.

My recipe is here: http://www.thebirdersreport.com/wild-birds/feeding-wild-birds/no-melt-suet-my-secret-to-having-birds-beg-me-for-more

Looking forward to the Christmas Bird Counts!

fishing guy said...

Shelly: Lovely captures of the woodpeckers.