Bird Feeders : Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpeckers are woodpeckers found in the forests of North America, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada. They are mostly insectivorous animals but they also eat berries, grapes, nuts, acorns, and similar food. Their favorite food to feast on however are ants particularly carpenter ants and beetles.
In setting up a feeder for the Pileated Woodpecker, recommended dimensions are a floor area of 8” by 8” and a height of around 20-24 inches. Make sure the entrance hold is about 3-4 inches and at least 12 inches from the floor. Remember to mount the feeder at least 16 feet off the ground on a large tree to further attract Pileated Woodpeckers.
It is better to mount more than one feeder to attract more Pileated Woodpeckers. Additional techniques would be to plan an oak tree because woodpeckers love acorns. You can also plant a pine tree because woodpeckers use pine trees as shelter and they also eat pine seeds and sap. If you have a hummingbird feeder, you may find Pileated Woodpeckers also feeding in it because woodpeckers love the sugar water found in hummingbird feeders. Other trees you can plant are the berry or fruit producing ones like mulberry, mountain ash, strawberry, and cherry.
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