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Photohunt: Cage

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker snacking on a caged suet cake

This week's Photohunt theme is Cage(d). Photohunt is brought to you by TnChick - home of the original photohunt.

This was actually not too hard since I just took a picture of a pileated woodpecker eating at our suet cage. We put our suet into a cage and hang it at the end of a pole so the squirrels don't get to it. The squirrels are very resourceful and can leap or tightrope walk out to the suet. We have this hanging with segments of PVC pipe that roll. It is pretty unsteady so it keeps the squirrel off most of the time. But the bigger birds like the woodpecker, flicker and crows have a very hard time hanging on to the swinging cage but they are able to sink their large claws into the frame and hang on while it swings around. We get lots of different birds - and it brings a lot of fun to us in the winter. We were about to take these down when the Pileated Woodpecker came in this week. They are probably getting ready to nest so maybe we'll keep these high-energy feeders out for another couple of weeks.

Here are a few pictures of the different birds and squirrel that comes to the cage. Have a great weekend everyone.

Visitors to our suet cage - Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker - largest woodpecker in NA hanging on to the small cage

Visitors to our suet cage - Pileated Woodpecker
Look at that wingspan!

Visitors to our suet cage - Downy Woodpecker
The smaller downy woodpecker - one of the smallest

Visitors to our suet cage - Bush Tits
Bush tits - they come in by the flock

Visitors to our suet cage - Gray Squirrel
The squirrel are such acrobats - some determined ones can make it on - but most do not

Comments (12)


Great photos, Martha! And I love that it's the food that's caged rather than the wild creatures! :D

It's one of nature's finest moments watching birds. One of the reasons I love having feeders. Great shots and a great take on this week's theme.

Nice to see the food caged instead of the critter . . .

Beautiful shots for this week's theme.

What an awesome bird he is! I get downies and a couple of other woodpeckers in my feeder but have never seen a pileated one. Wonderful pics and I agree, a nice and different type of cage.

I love your take on the theme! Cage the food. :) Great shots, too.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, love that close up of the woodpecker. Amazing clarity. A collection of photos for this week's theme.

Have a great weekend!

Wow. That woodpecker shot is fabulous!

What a great idea. I love your shots and I can't believe I didn't think of suet cages for this theme. Happy weekend!

Great pictures of the birds! It is hard to keep the squirrels and chipmunks off the feeders. I've soaped the poles, which make them not be able to hold on... for a time! Of course, that makes it all the more amusing watching them try. ;o)

wonderful photos and excellent clarity Marta. love your take on the theme, the best i've seen today.

These are all great pics for the theme :)

Fantastic photos, very beautiful :-)

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