A woodpecker feeder is a wonderful way to attract woodpeckers to your backyard. They come in a variety of choices, ranging from the simple ones to the truly complicated apparatuses. You can choose from a suet basket, a suet cake holder with tail prop, suet balls, or a suet cylinder feeder.
A crucial part of buying a woodpecker feeder is that you take into consideration factors such as capacity, maintenance, accessibility, durability, and tail prop. Whether you get the most expensive or the cheapest feeder, functionality and practicality should always be at the forefront of your choice.
1.Birds Choice 2-Cake Pileated Suet Feeder
This woodpecker feeder from Birds Choice is perfect for pileated woodpeckers. It is a heavy-duty 2-cake suet hanging feeder made from recycled plastic. The two suet cakes are enclosed in 2 secure metal baskets that are just right for the birds’ long and sturdy beaks. This is a practical yet straightforward feeder; no assembly required. All you have to do is hang it up and wait for the birds to come and enjoy the feast! Its only downside is the suet tends to fall to the ground when it becomes too small and may cause a mess.
|2 lbs. / 0.9 kg||2 Suet Cakes||8 x 3 x 23 in. / 20.3 x 7.6 x 58.2 cm||Brown||Recycled Plastic|
2. Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder w/ Woodpecker Friendly Tail
This woodpecker-friendly, truly squirrel-proof feeder is designed explicitly for shelled peanuts. It also has a few other features for the types of birds that love peanuts. This feeder has a patented adjustable spring mechanism that controls how much weight the metal shroud will support. Birds can feed easily, but anything much heavier, like squirrels, will activate the closing mechanism. It also features a patented negative grip tube that prevents squirrels from hanging alongside the wire hanger with their hind legs to defeat the closing mechanism. If you would like to see more than woodpeckers, this is the feeder for you.
|2.6 lbs. / 1.17 kg||1.3 lbs. / 0.58 kg||5 x 5 x 19 in. / 13 x 13 x 48.3 cm||Green||Metal, Plastic and Resin|
3.Kettle Moraine Window Mount Single Suet Cake Woodpecker Bird Feeder
This woodpecker feeder allows us to watch them from the comfort of our windows. This small and light single suet cake feeder is reasonably priced, easy to prepare, and has powerful suction, perfect for bird-watching while sipping hot cocoa on a cold afternoon through your clear window. It has a vinyl-coated wire mesh that holds one standard suet cake. The fact that it is within easy reach and, therefore, easy to monitor and maintain adds to its appeal for customers. This feeder is the best choice for birders who live on the second floor or in buildings.
|10.4 Ounces / 0.3 kg||One Suet Cake||1.7 x 6.2 x 5 in / 4.3 x 15 x 12.7 cm||Green||Vinyl Coated Wire Mesh|
4.Homes Garden Suet Bird Feeder
This feeder has a little bit of perch not only for woodpeckers but for other wild birds, as well. It is made almost entirely of cedarwood, with two metal cages on either side that can hold two suet cakes at a time. Since woodpeckers tend to cling rather than perch, the floor of this feeder is more useful for sparrows and hummingbirds. The roof keeps snow and water off the food, which is very helpful since water can pool on the feeder floor. Placing the suet cakes is as easy as pulling the roof off and putting the food in the cage.
|1.7 lbs. / 0.77 kg||2 suet cakes||8.7 x 7 x 7.7 in. / 22 x 17.8 x 19.5 cm||Black and Brown||Cedar Wood, Metal|
5.Birds Choice Woodpecker Feeder with Green Roof
This is a woodpecker feeder made from various recycled materials, making it a big hit among environment-conscious birders. The clear plexiglass allows you to see the level of the seeds or the nuts so you would know when to refill. The steel screws, poly lumber, and rust-resistant aluminum give it a sturdy build. It also has a removable seed diverter with routed edges. There are two ports where birds can access the food. It has a wire loop from where you can mount it on a pole. This is a simple yet well-designed feeder that combines functionality with looks.
|3 lbs / 1.36 kg||3 cups of seeds||7 x 6 x 18 in. / 17.8 x 15.2 x 45.7 cm||Brown and Green||Recycled Wood, Aluminium and Metal|
If you’re interested in more bird feeder options and live in Eastern or Central US, also check out our guide to the best bird feeder for cardinals!
6.The Woodpecker Family Amish Handcrafted Bird Feeder
This bird-shaped feeder is a beautiful addition to your lawn or garden area and a wonderful food source for woodpeckers and other local birds. It is built especially for year-round outdoor exposure. It is made from high-quality wood lumber, aluminum hardware, and exterior grade paints that showcase the Amish craftsmanship behind its construction. It features a hidden opening with a lid that opens and closes on hinges for easy refilling and dispensing of the seeds. This feeder also has a heavy-duty, exterior-grade cord so you can hang it from a branch or a post.
|5.5 lbs. / 2.5 kg||n/a||12 x 14 x 5.5 in. / 30.5 x 35.5 x 14 cm||Red, Black and White||Wood and Aluminium|
Looking for the best woodpecker feeders may not be easy, with the myriad of options that are available online. Sifting through everything can take up a lot of your time and effort. Opting for the cheapest may not be very prudent, while the most expensive may not always be the best.
All it boils down to is to choose the one that will give you the most chances of being able to watch woodpeckers up close, from Hairy and Pileated, Northern and Red-Bellied, to Downy and Red-Headed. You only need to make sure they have enough to get them through the harsh seasons.