The Dead Limb Diner

Every once in awhile I like to “redeckorate.” Usually this means hanging a new feeder or setting out a different branch for my birds, a place where they can perch and enjoy a bit of bark butter. Yesterday morning I borrowed (okay, ‘confiscated’ or perhaps even ‘stole’ might be a more accurate verb choice) another bungee cord from my hubby and strapped a nice dead limb to the deck rail. Before I had walked five feet away, the birds were already coming to investigate.

This Red-bellied Woodpecker was the first to arrive…


Red-bellied Woodpecker

…followed by an inquisitive Carolina Wren.


Carolina Wren

I’m not sure how word got around (probably one of them “tweeted” it) but before long there was a waiting list to check out the latest culinary hot spot. It was literally like the grand opening of a new restaurant featuring the finest avian cuisine.


American Robin


Carolina Chickadee


Downy Woodpecker (juvenile male)

There were a few, like this Blue Jay, who bypassed the new branch and headed straight for their regular breakfast fare.


Blue Jay

But most of the birds landed on the limb to inspect it. Here are a few more guests who showed up.


Brown-headed Nuthatch


Gray Catbird


Hairy Woodpecker

Oh – and if you find a nice dead branch lying around, do me a favor and save it for me; I might need it the next time I redeckorate.

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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7 Responses to The Dead Limb Diner

  1. I love your limb diner! I see you still have robins. I don’t remember ever seeing a nuthatch at my place, unless they are the ones who hide in the tops of the trees and I can never get a good look at them. Great photos!

  2. kathydoremus says:

    Alan – you would LOVE these little nuthatches. I think we get a lot of them because of the abundance of pine trees in the area. They are so social and are comical to watch. I think I will need to make them a “bird of the week” sometime because they really are fascinating little fellows.

  3. Hi Kathy,

    The nuthatches sound like a fun little bird, they are cute. I will be leaving Sunday for a week but will take my laptop. Hope I can keep up with all of the bird postings.


  4. Sue says:

    What an amazing variety of birds in your backyard. I’m sure your various backyard bird attractions help. Thanks for all the good ideas!

  5. Cute post and nice photos! I’m afraid the majority of my bird visitors now are grackles, starlings and mourning doves. 😦

  6. BirdsofNJ says:

    What a great post and thanks for sharing! I’m definitely going to look for bark butter, as they seem to really enjoy it!

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