Some people collect post cards from places they have visited; some people collect old coins; and my husband collects Looney Tune glasses that Pepsi put out in the 70’s. As for me, I collect dead branches!
Now, I recognize that lifeless limbs are not often seen as collector’s items, but they really do make perfect perches for bird pictures. I just spread a little tempting treat on the back side of the branch (my birds like Bark Butter) and then wait to see who shows up.
The other day, this lovely female Red-bellied Woodpecker swooped in and was in no hurry to leave. You can tell this is a female because her red head patch doesn’t extend all the way to her beak like the male’s does.
She took her time investigating all the nooks and crannies on the top side…
…and then swung underneath and found the Bark Butter that I had jammed into the end of the branch. I love the way she uses her tail to brace herself.
Still, if you look at her belly, you can see a tinge of rusty tones. I think she has such a gentle beauty about her!
Oh, and in case your curious, I also collect coffee mugs as well as pens and paper products that somehow hop into my cart whenever I’m at Office Max. I’m pretty sure the pens and paper supplies are more of an addiction than a collection!
Anyway, if you’re looking for a new hobby, I strongly suggest the acquisition of dead branches: it’s free, it’s fun, and it will leave your friends wondering if you’ve finally lost it!