A Popular Place to Perch

Whenever I attach a new branch to my deck rail and then smear a little bark butter on it, you can bet that it will soon be a popular place to perch!

Here are nine fine posers who have taken a liking to the latest limb.


Yellow-rumped Warbler


American Robin


Northern Mockingbird


White-breasted Nuthatch


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Red-bellied Woodpecker


Brown Thrasher


Tufted Titmouse


Chipping Sparrow

Now I should warn you, if you begin using this approach to attracting birds, you will find yourself looking at the scenery around you differently and may even hear yourself saying things like, “Now that’s a beautiful dead branch!”  Or, you may find yourself pulling over to the side of the road to try and load a lovely limb into your vehicle, a behavior your friends and family might find strange, but no worries, I am here for you!

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Looking Rather Bird-legged

I have heard of one having a bow-legged appearance, but this Brown Thrasher landed in a rather bird-legged stance.


He must have realized that this put quite a hurting on his intimidation factor, as he quickly remedied his position and adopted a more threatening stance.

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Still, despite his golden glare, his reign on the branch was short lived…


…and his place was stolen by a bird of slightly longer beak.

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The Red-bellied Woodpecker really is the King of the branch.

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Beauty Begets Beauty

I recently shared this photo of some stunning Cedar Waxwings, scavenging berries off the ground.


It brings me such joy to take pictures of the beauty that God has created and then share that beauty with others.  But my joy is magnified when someone else then takes that picture and is inspired to create beauty of their own – like the talented Snehal Kank did, whom I met via the word of WordPress.  This morning, she shared this painting on her blog site – which you really do want to check out if you want to see some lovely artwork.


Who knows…perhaps someone will see Snehal’s painting and be inspired to write a poem…and then perhaps someone will read that poem and find that song lyrics are dancing in their head…beauty just has a way of begetting more beauty, and that’s a beautiful thing!

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Jubilant with Joy


Thought I’d try and give your week a joyful jump start with this jubilant male Pine Warbler.  This fellow has been warbling at the top of his little lungs!

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Peanut Plunder

Oh the joy and wonder
of peanut plunder
whether right-side-up
or up-side-under

Though he flies away quick
he’ll be back in a bit
To greedily plunder another

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Same song,…different bird


Though not quite as greedy as the Jays, these Nuthatches really are peanut plunderers

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Wetter Feather Weather

I didn’t intend the title to be a tongue twister…but go ahead…say it three times fast!

This week held several bouts of rain, which put a bit of a damper on getting out with the camera; but eventually you just have to say, “I’m going out to take pictures anyway!”

The birds didn’t seem to be a bit hindered by the drizzle. Here are some who showed up to grab some soggy seed.


Male Pine Warbler


Female Northern Cardinal


American Robin


Fenale Red-bellied Woodpecker


Male Eastern Bluebird

Here’s hoping that the wetter feather weather soon gives way to brighter skies!

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“____________ and Robin”

When asked which word would best fill in the blank in the title, most would immediately answer “Batman”; and although I am a fan of any good superhero flick, my answer these days would have to be “Waxwings.”  You see, lately, whenever I see a flock of Robins in a bit of a frenzy, there tends to be an earful of Waxwings right in their midst.

These two types of birds share a craving for berries and can strip a tree clean in no time. Some eat from the branches…

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…while others clean up the leftovers that litter the ground.  I thought the yellow blur from my neighbor’s car made a nice buttery background.


Of course, after berry feasting they are in need of a beverage.


I felt sorry for the fellows below.  They were drinking a bit of rain water from the one dish that I hadn’t cleaned and filled.


Once their bellies are full and their thirst has been quenched, they will often lounge on the limbs for awhile.

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These birds truly do take my breath away!


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