In the winter months, the birds are always in search of fresh, unfrozen water, but they are also on the lookout for sources of protein – which I am more than happy to supply!
One of our most popular backyard feeders is actually a branch that is strapped to our deck courtesy of a bungee cord I “borrowed” (confiscated, claimed…okay…stole) from my husband. I spread a generous helping of Bark Butter on the back side and then wait to see who shows up. And speaking of Bark Butter – you need to stop what you are doing right now and head to your local Wild Birds Unlimited and get you some of this stuff! The birds LOVE it!
By far, the most frequent visitor to the Bark Butter branch is the Red-bellied Woodpecker. This handsome fellow showed up the other morning and helped himself to a hearty breakfast.
Aren’t his colors and patterns amazing? And that pointed beak is perfect for chiseling up the suet-like spread. It’s also a nice weapon for warning away other birds who might be tempted to join him in his dining experience. Clearly, he’s not a “table for two” type guy.
Once the Red-bellied had eaten his fill, several other birds stopped by to enjoy a bit of Bark Butter for breakfast.
This sweet little Goldfinch landed on the branch as well, but he was merely waiting for a spot at the sunflower seed feeder.