How To Attract Woodpeckers Into The Garden? Find Out Here

Written By James
Updated May 16, 2021 by James

How To Attract Woodpeckers Into The Garden? Find Out Here

Woodpeckers are known as the most common visitors to bird feeders. They are very smart and can be very destructive because they are looking for food.

Woodpeckers are a type of bird and are active during the day. They are a type of bird that will show up to your garden if you make it suitable for them.

You can attract woodpeckers to your garden by making it a suitable habitat for them.

Also feeding woodpeckers can be an easy and entertaining way to attract birds into the garden.

However, there are also many other ways of attracting woodpeckers to your garden.

Ways to attrack woodpeckers into the garden

1. Add a bird bath

Woodpeckers may seem like strange birds to put in a garden, but if you're looking to attract these colorful creatures, a bird bath is a great way to do it.

Woodpeckers like to visit bird baths in search of food, especially if they have a bird feeder that's nearby, so a few strategically placed bird baths can help you attract woodpeckers to your garden.

2. Plant native plants

These small but impressive birds are able to survive the harsh winters by hiding in the shelter of trees and staying warm and cozy with their own body heat.

Woodpeckers are renowned for their ability to drill into trees and make their homes underneath the bark. They love to eat insects, berries, and suet.

3. Leave dead trees alone

When you look around the forest, you will notice that there are many dead trees. Dead trees are essential, because they help support the growth of a forest.

In fact, if you take out all of the dead trees, the forest won't be able to support many living trees.

Trees can become dead for many reasons, including lightning strikes, insect attacks, disease, flooding, and natural decay.

4. Feed them

The most important thing you can do is to offer woodpeckers food in your garden. These little birds love to eat our fruits and nuts in the garden.

A bird feeder filled with suet can be very attractive to woodpeckers, along with other song birds.

What is woodpeckers?

There are 311 species of woodpeckers, all in the genus Picus and distributed across the world. 

Their plumage comes in a variety of colors, from yellow to black, brown and almost blue.

Typically, woodpeckers have a red crest on their head, a white face, and black-and-white patterned wings.

Depending on their environment, some woodpeckers have a different number of toes, but they all have the same features: a stiff tail, a special tongue for eating insects, and a beak that's strong enough to drill a hole into a tree.

Woodpeckers are not only fun to watch, their holes are a sign that your garden is healthy.

These birds are an important member of the ecosystem and they don't live up to their name.

Woodpeckers don't actually live in trees. They live in forests, but they also need to keep their beak sharp. They need to peck on things to keep them sharp so they can eat.

Woodpeckers also peck on trees to find food. Some woodpeckers like to live in your backyard and that's where you can help them.

Where is the best place to hang a bird feeder?

Hanging a bird feeder is one of the easiest ways to attract birds to your yard and garden.

And with the right type of feeder and birdseed you can attract a variety of birds to your yard all year long.

Including cardinals, chickadees, bluebirds, finches, goldfinches, grosbeaks, hawks, hummingbirds, jays, juncos, kinglets, nuthatches, orioles, purple martins, siskins, sparrows, tanagers, thrushes, warblers, wrens and many other native birds.

The best way to hang a bird feeder is by using a suitable pole or tree branch. 

Many gardeners enjoy having birds feed from the bird feeder in their yard. Another reason that people get bird feeders is to help protect their garden.

Bird feeders are hung in gardens to help keep garden pests such as squirrels, chipmunks, crows, and other birds from eating all the seeds.

Different woodpecker species 

There are many different types of woodpeckers that may look alike, but actually have different kinds of beaks, with different purposes.

The woodpecker is a small to medium-sized bird. The birds are part of the Picidae family. Woodpeckers are found in every continent except Antarctica.

There are about 200 species of woodpeckers. Different woodpecker species have different diets.

Most woodpeckers eat insects and insect larvae. Some even drive nuts. Some woodpeckers feed on fruit.

Woodpeckers are protected by law in most of the countries where they live. 

  • The White-oak Woodpecker

The white-oak woodpecker, also known as the northern flicker, is a medium-sized woodpecker. 

The bird is known for its ability to hammer into trees with its bill to find grubs and other insects, as well as for its unique monotone call.

  • Downy Woodpecker

The Downy Woodpecker is a small, stocky bird that is also known as the "American Three-toed Woodpecker".

These birds have a very short bill, and the feathers on their backs are barred with black and white. Their feathers on the belly are white with black bars. These birds are mostly brown with red heads.

  • Hairy Woodpecker

The hairy woodpecker is a bold, tenacious bird that excavates its nest in trees. As the name suggests, the bird's back is covered with dark feathers that resemble hair.

The tail, wings, and belly are a mixture of white, gray, and black. Males and females look the same, but males tend to be a bit larger.

  • Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker looks like a large crow with its black body, red crest, white moustache and thick beak. Pileated Woodpecker's black and white barred wings reveals this bird is no crow.

  • Red Bellied Woodpecker

The Red Bellied Woodpecker is a member of the woodpecker family. It is a smallish bird, with a body size of about 9 inches.

It has a black body and a red belly and black and white wings. The red belly and black wings help to conceal the woodpecker as it forages for food on the ground.

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James

My father, and his father before him, and his father; for the past 3 generations, my family have always been into gardening. The green fingers is a gift passed down to me and I thoroughly enjoy it! I also have worked in the manufacturing department for Bosch and DeWalt so I like to think I know a thing or two about tools and such!
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