Like a Kid in a Candy Shop

In my previous post, I pronounced my personal penchant for pretty branches as preferred perches…sorry…the allure of alliteration strikes again!

Well, imagine my delight when I was driving though my neighborhood Wednesday evening and saw that a dead tree had fallen, leaving branches littering the ground.  I could hardly wait ’til daylight!  As soon as the sun was up, I pulled on my boots and camo coat and drove out to this treasure trove of bird perches.

I confess a few neighbors gave me strange glances.  I’m not sure if it was because of the huge smile plastered on my face (seriously – think kid in a candy shop!) or if it was simply the sight of me maneuvering rather large limbs into my bright yellow Bug. Or, perhaps they were secretly thinking, “Drat!  She beat me to the dead branch stash!”

Anyway, with the mission accomplished, I returned home and wasted no time in bungee cording a wish-bone shaped branch to the vertical branch I had put up over the weekend. Here’s a picture so you can get an idea of what the crazy contraption looked like.


I spread a little Bark Butter on the back of the branches, and in no time at all, the birds began to arrive.

This Bluebird and Mockingbird sampled the fare on the horizontal branch…

bluebird mockingbird

…and this Yellow-rumped Warbler and Carolina Wren investigated the diagonal branch.

yellow-rumped carolinawren

The Red-Bellied Woodpecker was the Goldilocks of the group.  First he tried out the horizontal branch…

redbellied1 redbellied2

…then he hung out and ate from the bottom of the diagonal section…


…and then he perched on the side of the vertical branch.


Unlike Goldilocks, he decided they were all “just right.”  Seems like I wasn’t the only kid in a candy shop!

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 Like a Kid in a Candy Shop

  1. Sheila Moss says:

    Great assortment. They really go for that bark butter.

  2. They´re all so pretty! Thanks for sharing, as always! 😊❤️

  3. Trail Walker says:

    Thank you for posting the picture of your branch contraption. Love your bird pictures always.

  4. Bluebird strikes again! Ker-Pow! 😀

  5. I’m also glad you shared your branch setup, I wondered how you did it. Very cool! 🙂

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