I don’t know if this is the breeding season or maybe there isn’t much else for the woodpeckers to eat, but I put out suet for them every day. For the last week, I’ve been putting out more because we have so many woodpeckers. We have (in size places), Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers. There are also Pileated Woodpeckers — the really big ones who we see on trees, but never at feeders. There are others that I don’t know if I’ve seen them because they are so similar to the others, I can’t tell them apart.
What’s interesting is that we get both downy and hairy woodpeckers on the same feeder. You can actually see the difference in size between the two otherwise very similar woodpeckers. The Downy is the very small but has some serious attitude issues. The Hairy is about 30% bigger and doesn’t seem to have that same New York street attitude.