I’m working from home full time now. I decided to put my desk in the sunroom so I could enjoy both the gardens and the birds while I work. (I can see several of the feeders and the birdbaths from my “workspace.”)
On a daily basis, I see chickadees and nuthatches, cardinals and finches, blue jays and a few wild turkeys at the feeders! I had the occasional oriole and hummingbird this summer, too.
Friday afternoon, I saw four (FOUR) woodpeckers on the bee house in the front garden. So, Saturday morning when I filled the seed feeders, I took the bee house down and put up a suet feeder.
I typically don’t put out the suet until Thanksgiving, but seeing all the woodpeckers clamoring around, I decided they knew better than I did about the timing. The squirrels have been crafty in their efforts to “hack” the suet feeders in the past, but I think I have enough security on the feeder to ensure the feeder stays up and that the suet stays inside it!
When I arrived home after meeting a friend for a glass of wine Saturday afternoon, I saw this! I was able to get within 4 feet of the bird before he sought temporary safety and shelter in a nearby tree. By the time I walked from the porch to the sunroom, he was back on the feeder!
And, so far, the squirrels have not absconded with the feeder or the suet!