Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter continues to be a hit with our birds, especially the Hairy Woodpeckers. When I work from home, I have had days where I've refilled the feeder five times!
Hairies aren't the only Bark Butter "customers"; in between their visits, the Downy Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Red breasted Nuthatches, chickadees and titmice sneak in for a quick treat. And the Dark-eyed Juncos, not exactly first on anyone's list of suet-loving birds, visit the feeder for their little portion of Bark Butter. They'll eat from the top of the slab, or pick up crumbs that fell to the top of the baffle.
Here's our recipe for success with Bark Butter:
- Use it on a specially-made feeder that is hanging or mounted on a squirrel-proof Wild Birds Unlimited Advanced Pole System (APS). Squirrels love this stuff too but MY Bark Butter is FOR THE BIRDS!
(Image from WBU Inc. Image Library)
- Our locally harvested slab feeder is a great way to offer Bark Butter. It looks great, fits conveniently on an APS setup and is available at WBU-Saratoga Springs.
- Use a Bark Butter applicator (AKA a fork) to apply Bark Butter to the feeder in a cross-hatch pattern. It should look like the top of a peanut butter cookie.
- If you have a suet log feeder, you can put Bark Butter in the holes, or supplement the suet plugs by smearing Bark Butter on the sides of the feeder along side or above the holes.
- If squirrels and other critters are not an issue, put Bark Butter out on the base of a tree. This is how I attracted Ovenbirds to eat Bark Butter. Juncos can eat it easily this way too.
While our Hairy Woodpeckers were feeding young in the nest, they were taking back huge mouthfuls of Bark Butter. Now we can't wait for the young to find the Bark Butter for themselves!
Want to see Bark Butter in action? Here's a link to a selection of Bark Butter videos. Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter was developed after many years of testing to produce a product that attracts a wide variety of birds but is easy to apply and doesn't melt or separate.