This fall I put a new birdfeeder up, outside the window where my grandson has his snacks.
At first we had just sparrows and an occasional visit by some chickadees. Then some nuthatches arrived, followed by some juncos. On occasion the bluejays and cardinal will make an appearance but that is rare. (They prefer the flat, unroofed feeder.) Now that we have had snow there are MANY birds pushing and shoving (and waiting) for their turn at the goodies.
Yesterday, I added some woodpecker “logs” to the side of the birdfeeder to see what else we could draw in. Within an hour we had three starlings visiting for the first time. How did they know that these goodies were there? My only guess is “aroma”. .. or the other birds said, “Hey everybody, there are suet treats here now, special edibles for woodpeckers and the like.”
Oh those starlings are hungry, gluttons really, and big … and pushy… so they are quickly making a dent on the food supply.
This morning, as I looked out I saw a fairly large bird with a white breast and a red head. A woodpecker! Nice. First thought was a downie woodpecker but, confirming, I remembered that I had seen the front/underside of it and the throat area was red. I do believe that means that it was a red-headed woodpecker and not a downie. I could be wrong. Regardless – what a treasure to see the new visitor!
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)