I've used a pump action pellet gun on the really persistent squirrels - not to kill them but to make them think twice about stealing the suet - seems to work.


Kenneth Waller
http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/kennethwaller

----- Original Message ----- From: "Daniel J. Matyola" <danmaty...@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: PESO Red-Bellied Woodpecker


I had a "squirrel-proof" metal bird seed feeder which worked quite well,
until a black bear cub pulled it down and ripped it open.
You are correct;  we can only make it more difficult for the critters,
rather than stopping them.


Dan Matyola
http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/danieljmatyola

On Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 7:06 PM, Ken Waller <kwal...@peoplepc.com> wrote:

Only the hanger was left of the woodpecker block, and the suet and peanut
totally disappeared, together with the suet holder.


Dan, I've had to use a small chain to hang my suet feeder and also had to
tie wrap the loading flap of the feeder shut - due to a combination of
raccoon and squirrel. They still can claw out pieces of suet but I make
them work for it

Kenneth Waller
http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/kennethwaller

----- Original Message ----- From: "Daniel J. Matyola" <
danmaty...@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: PESO Red-Bellied Woodpecker


Very nice, and strikingly similar to one of the id images at the Cornell
site.  Perhaps a young male, since the red extends over the crown but is
not solidly red yet.

Some time ago I mentioned that a Pileated visited my yard, the first I
have
seen in several years. I put a suet feeder with suet and nuts, high up on
a tree beyond the reach of the deer, as well as a "woodpecker block,'  a
compresses brick of fruit nuts and suet. Both disappeared overnight. Only
the hanger was left of the woodpecker block, and the suet and peanut
totally disappeared, together with the suet holder.  I suspect a raccoon
got to them. Hard to attract woodpeckers -- or any other unusual birds --
with the deer, crows, raccoons, foxes, opossums and bears around here.

Dan Matyola
http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/danieljmatyola

On Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 1:40 PM, Paul Stenquist <pnstenqu...@mac.com>
wrote:

From this angle, one can see where he gets his name. He was high up in a
tree, in shadow with bright highlights behind. I wasn’t expecting much,
but
I”m quite pleased with the result. K-1 with D FA 150-450. DA 1.4X
Converter, f8, 1/640th, 630mm, ISO 8000.

https://www.photo.net/photo/18490396/Red-Bellied-Woodpecker


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