Male Downy Woodpecker on a Breezy Morning

Male Downy Woodpecker

I liked this image because the breeze had rustled the feathers on the bird’s shoulder and flank. I do not get many action photos at our feeders, so I have to deal with what I do get.

To attract woodpeckers to our feeders but not squirrels, we use a brand of caked food that fits in suet feeders. The seeds have a strong chile pepper coating.

This and other tricks have saved us a lot of money by preventing us from feeding the squirrels.

For all the squirrel lovers out there, it isn’t that we don’t like them—we do.

The problem is that squirrels eat a lot, tend to be very pushy, and are not interested in sharing with birds.

The Downy Woodpeckers that frequent our feeders do not spend all their time pecking at the caked seeds. They sometimes hang from the loose seed feeders and eat like other birds.

As seen in most of my bird photographs, I prefer to capture the image while the bird is not on the feeder. I intend to photograph them in as natural an environment as possible.

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