Guarding the

by Janice
(Liberty Twp., Youngstown, OH, USA)

I have had a male yellow bellied sapsucker in my yard for the last few days. He loves the "bark butter" I spread on the trunk of a tree and the suet I hang. He is so busy guarding the tree that he hasn't visited the feeder with "logs" of suet, with nuts and seeds. Nor has he visited my back yard feeders. It is wonderful being able to watch him (it is definitely a male) from my kitchen window. He is very protective of the "bark butter" and spends lots of time chasing away all the other birds.

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Jan 02, 2017
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Bark Butter
by: Janice

Guarding the Bark Butter, I do not make my own bark butter, I purchase it from Drs. Foster and Smith online. I have made it, but it is no less expensive and very messy to make. The birds really enjoy this "treat."

Dec 05, 2016
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"Bark Butter"
by: Janice

You had requested the recipe for "Bark Butter" I feed my birds. It is not a recipe, I purchase it from Drs. Foster and Smith. Or, you can go to a local store that carries "wild bird" supplies and possibly purchase it from them. I had tried making a batch of the "butter" but it is messy. This is just so easy and the birds all love it.

Nov 21, 2016
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Bark Butter
by: Janice

I just returned to this site, haven't checked in for much too long and found my post about the Yellow Bellied Sapsucker. I have used the "Bark Butter" for several years and all the birds love it. I do not make it, I purchase it from Drs. Foster and Smith.com.

Jan 08, 2015
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by: Brook

Thank you for sharing your warm and amusing love affair, so very interesting to watch this guys behavior, I can imagine! Would you share the ingredients of your "bark Butter" with us?

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