Jan 12
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Photo courtesy Nancy Castillo, co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Saratoga Springs, NY

Every year, the birding community looks forward to the Winter Finch Forecast. It is a scientific prediction / educated guess of the irruption (mass movement of birds looking for food) out of the Northern Boreal Forests. This year it looked liked Pine Siskin would not irrupt south.

Well, word must have spread to the Northern Boreal Forests about Jim’s Birdacious Bark Butter! We are getting reports of Pine Siskin and other irruptive winter finches visiting backyard feeders and enjoying this unique, tasty energy-treat.

I have been officially tracking the number of species attracted to Bark Butter since its public debut in 2008. I am excited that Pine Siskin are the newest addition as the 107th bird species added to the Bark Butter Bird List.

What’s even more exciting is that we have added three winter finches to the list this year: Common Redpoll, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.

Bark Butter may not really be the reason Pine Siskins decided to irrupt; but, they are fun to have at your feeders. Who’s eating Bark Butter in your yard?

5 Responses to “Bark Butter Entices Irruption?”

  1. Jack says:

    Thus far I’m at 23……24 if I count the turkeys that wandered through the yard….not really at the feeder though. I don’t really think I will be too high up on the list…….but it would be interesting to see various counts and what part of the country they’re from. I’m on Long island…in New York state

  2. Jack says:

    I would be interested to see a list compiled of the number of individual species that people have recorded at their feeders

  3. Velda Workman says:

    Cold and misty today west of San Antonio, TX. My feeders are busy with lots of cardinals, titmice, chickadees and house finches. The biggest attraction is the Bark Butter! Even saw a woodpecker there this morning!

  4. Sue Zobbe says:

    Red Bellied Woodpecker; Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Titmouse. Chickadee tries but can’t quite cling on hanging log with holes in it.

  5. Steve says:

    Had Jim’s Bark Butter out since late Nov here in NC and without much activity until our post-Christmas snow fall and this past Monday’s snow & ice event. We are covered up with house finches, purple finches, gold finches, pine siskins yellow warblers, chipping sparrows and swamp sparrow as well as the usual & customary feeding station “regulars”. Great stuff, Jim’s butter!!

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