|Now, if I can just get this sticky stuff off my beak.|
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Crunchy Peanut-Butter and a Carolina Wren
I read an article ( http://www.wbu.com/barkbutter/birdlist.html ) a while back regarding Bark Butter and found it to be quite fascinating. While I was waiting for my order, I got a little brainstorm of my own. We do a little burning of firewood in our fireplace during the winter months. Mostly for atmospheric conditions or just to take the chill off our computer room. Nonetheless, I took a couple of fireplace logs and drilled a few 1 inch spade bit holes, maybe a half inch deep, around the log. Filling these holes with crunchy peanut-butter mixed with birdseed has proved to be quite the attraction for a wide variety of my feathered friends. Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Black-capped Chickadees have had a good time feeding on my logs. The one bird I most enjoy watching on the log is the Carolina Wren. This amazing creature has developed an art at plunging its beak into the soft PB glob and poking around until it finds a piece of nut and than pulls it out of the hole. It is very interesting to watch. It, more often than not, will have sticky PB stuck to the sides of its beak after this operation, and goes through quite the antics to relieve itself of this substance. Again, it's interesting to watch.
Isn't bird-feeding, bird-watching, bird-loving great? If you haven't caught this "bug" yet, you'd be amazed as to how refreshing it is.....Try it, you'll like it.