Woodpeckers, with their big personalities, bold markings and bright colors, are a favorite at backyard feeders. These insect-eating birds tap on tree trunks to find insects and make nest cavities. Want to attract woodpeckers to your yard? Place suet, sunflower seeds, millet, peanuts and peanut butter in feeders. You'll also attract woodpeckers by offering fresh water for drinking and bathing in a birdbath. Because they often live in woodlands and forests, make your yard more attractive to woodpeckers by planting trees or shrubs close together. If you have a dead tree that's safe to leave standing, you may also attract woodpeckers by leaving it standing in your yard.