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heard this guy pounding away the other afternoon while I was out on a short hike ...
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@kwc - Probably the Hairy Woodpecker (the Downy looks almost the same, but its smaller).
During the winter you can hang up suet and enjoy the woodpeckers in your backyard (when the bear is not around). They are picky about what suet they like, they prefer the “Woodpecker Treat” C&S Product (we get it at home depot). The Red Bellied Woodpecker will come right to it too, thats a pretty Woodpecker. You might get a lot of Woodpeckers to your yard that way.
But you need to make the suet access raccoon proof. We use metal stake in the ground/ slide electrical conduit pipe over stake / attach stove pipe on top (so raccoon cannot climb up the pole), followed by the suet feeder. It also has to be 6ft away from trees, or the squirrels will jump to it.
Any other set up and the raccoon will outsmart you (they are as smart as ravens).
Or- just take a hike like you did !;)
 

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