Woodpeckers love to hang around heavily wooded areas, so if you live in the country around some woods, you should have no problem bringing them fairly close to your house. They just need to be attracted by finding opportunities for food, so intentionally feeding them each day will ensure that they get in the habit of staying around. Also, if they see the opportunity to take up tenancy at a birdhouse specifically designed for their survival needs, they will be inclined to live there and stick around the area for a while. As with some birds these days, there is a decrease in habitat for woodpeckers, so you will be doing them a favor to give them a place to live. Here are a few simple ways to keep woodpeckers around your house.
Habitat for a Birdhouse- Woodpeckers are attracted to pine trees specifically and areas with water. To build a rugged woodpecker house for them to live in, it could be a good idea to use pine for the wood. Make sure the birdhouse is fairly tall and wide, with an entry hole about three and a half or four inches in diameter. The birdhouse should be around 16 to 20 inches tall all the way to the slightly angled roof, and 8 or 10 inches wide. You can drill a whole or two in the back to hang the heavy birdhouse on the tree with a heavy duty nails.They’ll appreciate some cotton or sticks placed inside there ahead of time as well. You also should hang the house on a pine tree if possible.
Food- Red headed woodpeckers in particular are good at catching insects in the air, where other varieties of them will use their beaks to forage in trees and tree stumps, and then use their tongues to grab insects and larvae inside. They have short legs to give them leverage as they do this. They are not above going after an easy meal, though. Set out some different types of seeds and nuts, such as sunflower seeds, beach nuts, and pecans, as well as different fruits and berries, such as apples, pears, grapes, raspberries, and blueberries around the area where the birdhouse is located. You can even place them on a separate platform nailed to the same tree.