I’m Pretty Sure He Has A Crush On Me

Well…look who has been showing up on a regular basis in my backyard!


I would say that I’m pretty sure he has a crush on me, but the honest answer is that he has fallen in love with the Bark Batter concoction that my husband brews up.

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Still, they say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so I intend to continue feeding this fellow heapin’ helpings with the hopes that I can entice him into settling down in the area.



Besides, I think he looks like he is giving me a rather flirtatious glance in the picture below.


Ah…be still my heart…I am definitely enthralled with this handsome red head!


By the way, I should confess that I really have no idea if this bird is actually a male or a female as both sexes look the same, it’s just more fun to call him a guy. 🙂

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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34 Responses to I’m Pretty Sure He Has A Crush On Me

  1. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow! Love these photos, Kathy! Nice to hear that he/she has decided to stay awhile! 🙂

  2. Tiny says:

    He’s so handsome that it really doesn’t matter whether he has a crush or just good taste in food. The main thing is that he’s hanging around 🙂 Wonderful shots!

  3. Terrific photos of a beautiful bird, I hope he decides to stay!

  4. Jodi says:

    This is probably the most gorgeous bird I’ve ever seen! How lucky you are to have this charmer in your backyard Kath!!!!

  5. aussiebirder says:

    Stunningly beautiful bird and photos Kathy, what a handsome bird!

  6. jmnowak says:

    What is bark batter?

    • kathydoremus says:

      It is a mixture my husband makes of peanut butter, lard, cornmeal, chicken seed, and sunflower oil – with a little hot sauce thrown in. 🙂 The birds love it.
      If you didn’t want to make it, Wild Birds Unlimited sells Bark Butter and it is worth every penny.

      • jmnowak says:

        Where I live, I’m fortunate that we have native gardens and that brings them in automatically. Thanks for the info, Kathy, as I was very curious! Cheeri-pip!

  7. Sue says:

    That is one beautiful bird! Stunning photos, too. I see a slight parting of the breast feathers in the last image. Could that be the remnant of a brood patch, making this a female? Do you know when their chicks usually fledge in your area?

  8. kathydoremus says:

    I’m not sure about when they fledge, but I would imagine it is about this time. I had a youngster stop by last year and he was all shades of gray – quite a difference from the parent.

  9. He is a charmer indeed 🙂

  10. Wow, he really is spectacular, Kathy! I just realized I forgot to give you my husband’s recipe for this……sounds like you found one that works! Ours def does not have hot sauce. Peanut butter, lard, cornmeal, yes and I think maybe something else. I can ask Vic for the specifics, I’m pretty sure he’ll remember. He hasn’t made it in awhile but the birds really loved it! He made suet cakes out of it. Love this guy showing up with his beautiful colors for your lens!

    • kathydoremus says:

      We add the hot sauce to deter the squirrels…helps a little…

      • Vic got a kick out of your hot sauce to repel the squirrels! 😀 Here is his recipe: 1 c chunky peanut butter, 1 cup shortening or lard, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 4 c. cornmeal. Sometimes he added sunflower seeds too. Makes two suet cakes. He used old suet packs that store-bought suet came in to make them and then he refrigerates them. For what you’re wanting to use it for, wouldn’t need to worry about the molds to form the cakes!

  11. What a gorgeous bird!
    I just chanced upon your lovely blog. Interestingly, I shared an ‘Are you a Bird Nerd’ post recently.
    I hadn’t previously come across anyone else using this fine terminology!
    Keep up the good bird-nerd-work. I am merely skirting the periphery.
    Am really a creativity nerd.

  12. A beauty whether male or female! Great shots, Kathy!

  13. Sheila Moss says:

    He is a knockout! I noticed the change in your blog header, but didn’t have an op to comment before. I am going to try this suet recipe. The only time I have woodpeckers is when I buy suet. It is expensive and if the squirrel finds it first… well… you know. I wish I could find a way to keep those pesky squirrels away. I have the squirrel proof feeder and it works for seed, but for suet, I don’t know what to do. The other day I was looking out the door and a squirrel flew from the roof over the patio to a tree. Quite startling. I’ve seen them jump before but not over my head. LOL

  14. What a stunning bird the colours are gorgeous, he/she would be a delight to see every day Kathy.

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