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Re: Woodpeckers and suet; directions

On Tue, 12 Jun 2001 AHK4586@AOL.com wrote:
>     I know many times the directions to the Anilorac Farm birds have been
> posted, but I can't seem to find them now. If someone would be kind enough to
> send me some past directions, or new, it would be greatly appreciated. 

On Tue, 12 Jun 2001 "William McDavit" wrote:

Anyone who has misplaced recent Carolinabirds posts, whether directions 
to a site or something else, should look to the list archive on Will 
Cook's website at
The most recent messages, since April 20, are at 

Note that there are a few quirks. For instance, the above message from 
Mary McDavit with directions to her Purple Gallinule does not appear in 
the chronological listing of messages, but does show up when the messages 
are indexed by thread. And the archive stopped archiving for about a 
month and a half, from March 6 to April 20, so anything posted during 
that period cannot be found.

On Tue, 12 Jun 2001 JJBmarjim@aol.com wrote:
> A friend of mine hangs suet in his yard.  He has 2 Redheaded WP regularly 
> feeding. He said that someone told him that it was not healthy for the 
> woodpeckers in the summer.  They eat a pack of suet about every 3 or 4 days.
> Any problems??

I've never heard any reason why suet-feeding in the summer would be 
unhealthy. I feed suet all summer and have never noticed any ill effects 
in birds around my feeders. Back home in Massachusetts the suet used to 
get filled with grubs and maggots in the summer, but for most birds this 
would be an added attraction, not a problem... We used pure beef fat from 
the butcher up there. Can't seem to find it in the stores down here, so I 
use the prepared suet-and-seed (or more often suet-and-hot-pepper to keep 
squirrels off of it), which doesn't seem to get buggy at all.

Good birding,


Joshua S. Rose
Duke University
Department of Biology (Zoology, R.I.P.)