Bark Butter Breakfast

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.

Male Pine Warbler

Male Pine Warbler

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

American Robin

American Robin


Female Pine Warbler

This sweet little Goldfinch landed on the branch as well, but he was merely waiting for a spot at the sunflower seed feeder.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

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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9 Responses to Bark Butter Breakfast

  1. Tracy says:

    I so enjoy reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photos! You get a nice assortment of winter yard birds! My yard birds also love Bark Butter from WBU, and this winter I decided to make my own, and they devour it! I used Julie Zickefoose’s recipe for Zicke Dough as my starting point and add nuts and shelled sunflower seeds to it also. Thanks for sharing your yard!

  2. kathydoremus says:

    Thanks Tracy. Perhaps one day I will look into making that recipe for myself. And as for sharing my yard, it is my pleasure!

  3. Doremus, Rick (INPO) says:

    Very nice post.

  4. aussiebirder says:

    Beautiful pics Kathy, especially your red-bellied woodpecker. It is interesting that the head is red and not the belly;-)

    • kathydoremus says:

      We have another woodpecker whose entire head is red that has the honor of being the Red-headed Woodpecker. Although you can’t tell in these photos, the Red-bellieds do have a hint of red on their front, yet it is his crown that has that striking red. Perhaps we should lobby for him to be called the Red-crowned Woodpecker! 🙂

  5. Hello Kathy,
    All of the birds are amazing! I also love the ‘common’ birds like sparrows too 🙂
    Thank you for sharing, this was the perfect way to start my day.
    Best wishes,

  6. kathydoremus says:

    I like the sparrows too. One day I want to do a post called “The Anything But Common Sparrow?”…or something like that. 🙂

  7. Very beautiful photos, as per usual Kathy! I definitely need to go and buy some of that stuff. I stocked up on suet but it hasn’t been attracting too much attention here. But then, I put out such a variety of foods, I guess the birds just like other offerings better! We have a Wild Birds Unlimited in Toledo, so I need to make a trip!

  8. kathydoremus says:

    Amy – if you have squirrels that raid your feeders you might want to mix some hot sauce in with the Bark Butter. (I use Texas Pete Extra Hot) It deters the squirrels, but doesn’t bother the birds at all. I will be awaiting your Bark Butter post. 🙂

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