Date: 1/4/18 5:07 pm
From: Bill McGovern via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question
I've had the same female sapsucker coming to my woodpecker feeder for more than 2 years. I use any kind of suet available, mixed with a little hot pepper suet to keep the squirrels away.

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From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=<cox.net...>] On Behalf Of Derek C. Richardson via va-bird
Sent: Thursday, January 4, 2018 5:08 PM
To: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...>
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Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question


This past year we've had a sapsucker come to our split peanut and finch-blend feeders (the blend is nyjer plus sunflower kernels, from Wild Birds Unltd.) We've been feeding birds for 15+ years and it's the first time a sapsucker has come to our feeders; normally they tap sap from the viburnum next to our house.

-Derek

On Thu, 4 Jan 2018, Walter Hadlock via va-bird wrote:

> Good afternoon,
>
> We are able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet “Sandwich” that other species of woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker.
>
> Any suggestions on what we can do to help it? It does spend time poking around in the bark on our Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the drastic wind chill here in Herndon, we’re not sure it will make it.
>
> It cannot manage the suet in a cup that is in a cage frequented by the Bluebirds.
>
> Thanks for any suggestions,
>
> Jay and Carol Hadlock
> Herndon, VA
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