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Old June 23rd, 2010, 10:48 PM
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The conundrum of the suet cage...

After the bear raid took out most of our feeders and left us with only a double shepherd's hook to hang feeders from, I had to come up with a new feeder arrangement. I took our platform feeder and looped the suet cage over the hanger to make a single unit. I hung that on one hook and another seed feeder on the other.

This made for a bit of a conundrum for the larger woodpeckers. They could no longer just fly to the suet--it was hanging surrounded by the chains supporting the platform feeder. This was going to require some problem-solving.

Red-bellied woodpecker sizes up the problem carefully.

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"I think I can hop up from below!"

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"Yes!!"

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"Whoopsie! But I have to be careful!"

Problem solved!
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 10:52 PM
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Hairy woodpecker came up with a different solution:
"I can get there from above...with a little creative backward maneuvering!"

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Old June 23rd, 2010, 10:55 PM
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"Yes!!!"

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And after a bit of a rest comes the well-earned reward!

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Who says they're just bird brains?
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Old June 24th, 2010, 06:46 AM
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Great pics, Hazel.

Yes, I agree, birds can become quite ingenious when it comes to getting at their food.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 07:37 AM
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Hazel,I put out suet in the summer,just to enjoy the wood-peckers,great pics
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Old June 24th, 2010, 09:33 PM
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The woodpeckers really do put the suet to good use during nesting season.
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