Here is the original recipe for the suet and then the one I made with modifications below it: Wooing Woodpecker Suet (makes 6 cakes) 1 c. rendered suet 1 c. natural peanut butter 1 c. died figs, chopped 1/2 c. whole-wheat flour 1 c. shredded coconut 1/2 c. chopped pecans 1 c. cracked corn 1 c. peanuts 1 c. pine nuts 1/2 c. died cherries If the offer of suet recipe still exists, please forward. Bert Says: May 24th, 2009 at 8:08 am. More than that, he brought his brood to her deck to share it. And let me know what kind of credit you want for the recipe. I first became aware of the powers of peanut butter suet dough when Carrie Griffis of Port Orchard, Washington, sent us photographs of herself hand-feeding it to a wild adult pileated woodpecker. I built a couple of brace tail feeders for them. Even though you can buy pre-made suet, you can just as easily make some if you have a little time. Aug 15, 2016 - Transforming inspiration into beautiful goodness for my home It's simply an … Lots of small clinging birds such as chickadees, nuthatches, and wrens. You can use either plain or peanut butter suet. The best food to use to attract pileated woodpeckers is suet. Hi Cherie, I get lots of requests about the offer you made on my blog about pileated woodpeckers over a year ago–and your recipe for attracting them. Here are a few fantastic user-submitted recipes. My bird-feeding life has never been the same. Many birds that might not be attracted to seed feeders, like woodpeckers, love suet. If I can acquire suet that dissuades Starlings, then I can take a break from Human Scarecrow duty. Suet Recipes Soft Suet Medley 4 1/2 cups ground fresh suet 3/4 cup dried and fine ground bakery goods (whole-wheat or cracked-wheat bread or crackers are best) 1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds 1/4 cup millet 1/4 cup dried and chopped fruit (currants, raisins, or berries) 3/4 cup dried and fine ground meat (optional) Suet should be offered in a large feeder. Woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches have strong clinging feet, so perches are unnecessary.A more sophisticated suet feeder is a suet tree. Depending on your area and what you add to your suet, you may see some of the following: A number of different woodpeckers, such as hairy, red-bellied, downy, and pileated. An occasional visitor to my bird bath, in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. If you don’t have a bird bath, I sure recommend one equipped with a water warmer to keep the water from freezing during the coldest that winter can throw at you. Please send me your suet recipe. But the Hairy Woodpeckers can't figure it out, and neither can the Pileated. (You can find more at our Facebook page.) I've been visited every day for the past two weeks by a number of Pileated Woodpeckers. Instead, it’s advised to use a suet feeder with a firm, permeable structure that the woodpecker can perch on. Feel free to add your own in the comments section too! 'This must be some stuff,' I thought. Large feeders attached to the trunk of a tree work well. Peanuts, peanut butter, and black oil sunflower seeds are all great attractants for Pileated Woodpeckers, and if you can make this bird work a little bit for their meal, they’ll be up to the task! Be creative with additives such as peanut butter, nuts, and seeds, as well as pieces of dried fruit. A Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata).Fondly called Butterbutts by birders. https://blog.duncraft.com/2019/03/04/homemade-suet-recipe-nuts Suet can also be smeared into the bark of a tree. 'I'll try it.' 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