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November 13, 2012


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Scott, Bark Butter is like peanut butter but even better because it also contains suet. Over 100 species of birds have eaten it, including an Ovenbird, juncos, and even warblers at my house!
Melissa, good luck and keep watching!


Thanks for these great tips; I want to try to get the red-breasted nuthatches to visit this year, but I'm not too optimistic - I've never seen them nearby. But in an irruption year, anything is possible!

Scott (@NESASK)

Besides having suet and a peanut feeder, we also smear peanut butter on an elm tree in the winter. The red-breasted nuthatches and downy woodpeckers like to feed on that. Occasionally a squirrel will show up and clean it up, but we don't see many squirrels, so it doesn't happen often. We have had a raven show up and manage to perch on the side of the elm and clean up all of the peanut butter.

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