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Natural Log Feeder
You can make a very easy feeder using natural logs and branches that you might come across on your travels.
Natural log feeder
These natural looking feeding stations are excellent for nature photography. It is just a case off securing old tree branches or logs in bird-accessible places. Many of these old branches have existing crevices and rough bark. While it's still soft, push some of the suet mixes into these spots.
Hairy Woodpecker  
Additional holes can be drilled into these logs, and if kept out of view of the camera, can bring excellent results.

This is a Hairy Woodpecker on such a log with the suet not visible.
Male Downy Woodpecker
female Downy Woodpecker
Throughout the year, these feeding logs will attract a lot of interest from woodpeckers. On the left, a male Downy Woodpecker visits in winter while on the right, a female drops by to the same log on a more pleasant day.
Steller's Jay
Other birds will also check things out.
A curious Steller's Jay manages to hold on to a feeding log.
Northern Flicker
Northern Flickers really enjoy the suet mixes throughout the year and come frequently to these backyard feeders.
A female Pileated Woodpecker also finds these feeders easy to operate.

It's a good idea to change the logs every every so often for different looking photographs.

For some great home-made suet recipes you can use in your new log feeder, check out our Bird Food Recipes page.
Female Pileated Woodpecker
For a similar project, check out the suet log feeder.

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