A Popular Place to Perch

Whenever I attach a new branch to my deck rail and then smear a little bark butter on it, you can bet that it will soon be a popular place to perch!

Here are nine fine posers who have taken a liking to the latest limb.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Brown Thrasher
Tufted Titmouse
Chipping Sparrow

Now I should warn you, if you begin using this approach to attracting birds, you will find yourself looking at the scenery around you differently and may even hear yourself saying things like, “Now that’s a beautiful dead branch!”  Or, you may find yourself pulling over to the side of the road to try and load a lovely limb into your vehicle, a behavior your friends and family might find strange, but no worries, I am here for you!

13 thoughts on “A Popular Place to Perch

  1. Kathy, I have been following your blog for about a year, and it really brightens my day. I am a birdwatcher and have had a backyard feeder for 40 years–in Texas and now in Washington DC.

    I have never used bark butter. I have a LOT of squirrels in my urban back yard and have to use a squirrel proof feeder. I’d love to try the bark butter but assume the squirrels would get it. Do you have squirrels?

    1. I do have a lot of squirrels and inevitably they steal some of the food that is meant for the birds. And they do like Bark Butter, but I add Texas Peter hot sauce to it to deter them. It doesn’t bother the birds in the least, but it’s a bit spicy for those rascally rodents!
      And thanks for the kind words. 🙂

  2. Great shots! I have been using bark butter for a couple years now. The birds absolutely love it. I put it on the side of a tree. I never even considered putting it on the end of a limb placed of optimal bird viewing. Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Wonderful portraits, Kathy. I’ve also found myself staring at branches thinking about how they would make good perches.

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