One of the first accessories that many customers add to their Wild Birds Unlimited Advanced Pole System® (APS) Set-up is a Decorative Branch. Here's my Top 4 ways to use the decorative branch on your APS set-up.
The decorative branch is a great location for a lightweight birdfeeder like our Bark Butter Stick feeder (pictured above with Hairy Woodpecker), a small mesh peanut feeder, or a seed bell. I've had good luck with all these feeders on my decorative perch.
From early spring and throughout the summer, hang nesting material like alpaca fiber, wool, pet hair, short yarn strands, or other nesting material. I've had Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, and Purple Finches use nesting material that I've provided to line their nests. It's a great way to observe a nesting behavior that you may not have seen before!
Cut a medium to large sized apple, pear, or orange in half and place the halves in the open "leaves". Fruit-loving birds like orioles, American Robins, Gray Catbirds, waxwings, Northern Mockingbirds, or Eastern Towhees might just accept your sweet offering.
Let the birds decide!
Birds will perch on the branch to open seeds. They'll light on it as an approach to the feeders. Or if you're lucky, they'll feed their young on it, like the American Goldfinches and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have done in my yard!