I love woodpeckers and have been delighted that we have started making and selling woodpecker feeders at The Squirrel Shop!
Here are a dozen wonderful bird feeders that your woodpeckers will love 🙂 The first few products are made by us at The Squirrel Shop but I included other options are well to make sure you had plenty to choose from! All of the bird feeders listed have a reasonable price and are a great way to bring nature a little closer to your home.
Dual Compartment Deck Rail Feeder for Woodpeckers and Blue Jays
This is my absolute favorite bird feeder that keeps a steady stream of red headed and red bellied woodpeckers coming up to my house.
This platform woodpecker feeder is made from cedar and slips over a deck rail or onto a deck post and is secured with a small screw on the back. The feeder has two compartments so you can feed peanuts on one side and sunflower seeds on the other. Putting out two types of seeds maximizes the different types of wild birds that will come to the feeder.
I am using this exclusively as a peanut feeder these days because I have so many red headed woodpeckers coming to visit!
The deck feeder only fits rail and posts that are FLAT and 3.5 inches wide.
A window mounted version of this feeder will be available soon.
Double Suet Feeder WIth Tail Prop (Suet Cakes Included!)
Suet feeders are traditionally used to attract woodpeckers and we made an oversized double suet feeder that is big enough to handle pileated woodpeckers! The bird feeder is made from cedar and has an elongated tail prop so the larger woodpeckers have an easier time with stabilization.
I haven’t had any luck attracting pileated woodpeckers to this feeder but I also haven’t seen any in our neighborhood for a year or so. Plenty of our customers on Amazon have used these for pileateds with great success.
In my yard this wild bird feeder attracts downy woodpeckers (they might be hairy woodpeckers instead..I am still not great at telling them apart.
The feeder ships with two C&S suet cakes so you can use the feeder as soon as it arrives.
Another way to use this woodpecker feeder is to put a suet cake on the bottom and fill it the rest of the way with some “in the shell” peanuts to attract some different wild birds. It is pretty easy for the birds to use this as a peanut feeder and peck at the nuts through the wire mesh.
Classic Suet Feeder (Suet Cake Included!)
Some folks prefer the traditional style of suet feeder instead of our oversized dual feeder.
This suet feeder also includes a stabilizing tail prop as well as a block of C&S suet.
Combination Woodpecker and Squirrel Feeder
Yes, I know that is a Blue Jay and not a woodpecker in the picture but I happen to love how fiesty the Jays are so they get included!
We started marketing this as a squirrel feeder since it has a spike for holding a corn cob or compressed corn log. However, once we started putting peanuts in the box the Blue Jays and woodpeckers wouldn’t leave it alone! This feeder is a favorite for the red bellied woodpeckers.
Peanut Butter Log Feeder
This is another beautiful wild bird feeder that can bring woodpeckers into your yard as it mimics the dead tree snags where woodpeckers naturally search for insects.
The feeder has kerf cuts for easy clinging and can be fitted with perches if desired.
I like to mix equal parts of peanut butter and dried mealworms and use it to fill the feed cavities. This feeder also works with suet balls or you can break a suet cake into sections and push the pieces into the cavities.
This feeder is a bit messy but it looks stunning hanging in my yard and the birds love it!
Squirrel Proof Woodpecker Feeders
These feeders are NOT made by The Squirrel Shop but I wanted to include them for the sake of completeness. If you want to feed the woodpeckers but don’t like squirrels then these feeders work okay.
The Squirrel Buster feeder works by closing off the food ports when something as heavy as a squirrel lands on them The upside down suet feeder makes it extremely hard for the squirrel to reach the suet while the caged suet feeders work through exclusion.
I am not a huge fan of the caged exclusion feeder as they also make it challenging for the birds to reach the suet. The cage also hinders the escape of any birds that are eating in the event that a predator arrives on the scene.
Other Interesting Feeders
I used to have the wreath peanut feeder before and liked its simplicity. The only trick with the wreath feeder is figuring out when you need to refill the thing. The birds will often eat the peanuts but leave the shells behind!