Monday, April 11, 2011

Wild Birds Unlimited's Jim's Birdacious® Treats Combo Pack Review

I was asked by Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) to review a product of my choice from their site. Since I have heard good things about this product called Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® , I decided to choose the Jim's Birdacious® Treats Combo Pack.

At the end of this review is a chance to win free products from WBU, so you will want to take advantage of that!

The combo pack contained one tub of Original Bark Butter, a tub of Bugberry Blend Bark Butter, a mixed nut blend (Nutty for Nuts), a chipped sunflower seed, berry and meal worm mix blend (Bugberry Blend) and a tub of suet type nuggets (Bugberry Blend Nuggets).

The first of the non-suet like products that I tried from the Combo Pack was the mixed nut blend. Now, I have put out mixed nuts that I have purchased from the grocery store before, but with only minimum results. That being said, I was very surprised at the variety of birds that the Nutty for Nuts blend brought in. This blend was very popular with Northern Cardinals, which I would not have expected. But I think I was most surprised to see Red-winged Blackbirds chowing down on it.

The Bugberry (non-seut) Blend was also very popular. I presented it in a tray feeder that would allow for the most diversity of species. The Pine Siskins loved it! Many people ask me if this species feeds on anything but Nyjer seed, well I now know that they love Jim's Birdacious® BugBerry™ Blend. The Bugberry Blend Nuggets only lasted a few hours, as the Chickadees, Downy Woodpeckers, and Tufted Titmouse cleared them out fast.

I will have to say that Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® lived up to its reputation. This is the product that made me choose the Combo Pack. Both varieties were very popular with the woodpeckers.

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker chowing on Bark Butter.

I usually only rarely see Pileated Woodpeckers in the yard. So imagine my surprise when I pull in the driveway to see a Pileated fly from the backyard right over the car! The Pileated Woodpecker visited for about three days and preferred that the Bark Butter be spread on the trunk of a tree.

Male Downy Woodpecker
Male Downy Woodpecker on Bark Butter.

Yummy Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® , need some more!

Male Downy Woodpecker

The American Robins loved the Bark Butter. This American Robin was feeding on the bits of Bark Butter that was dropped by the woodpeckers.

American Robin

Here is a complete list of species that the chowed down on the Jim's Birdacious® Treats Combo Pack :

Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Robin
Pine Siskin

None of the products in this combo pack lasted more than a few days, so I would highly recommend all of these products!

You might also want to try these other products from Wild Birds Unlimited:

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Also, for a chance to win any product of your choice of up to a $50 value from the Wild Birds Unlimited website, simply reply to this post in the comments stating what product you like or think you would like to try from WBU. This giveaway will be open till Monday, April 25th, 2011 at which time I will pick a winning commenter at random by putting all the names in a box.

***I had put all the names in a bowl with a lid and shook them up. I then had my mother pick a winning name at random.

And the Winner is...


Thanks to all readers who participated and good birding!


  1. Andrea S8:31 PM

    I want to try the bark butter! I have 2 Pileated woodpeckers in my woods/yard all the time! I have tried hanging suet feeders 20ft high but no luck! I"ve tried to get them to come to my suet feeders for years...they refuse! Maybe this would work!!!

  2. I would like to try out the EcoTough® 9" x 9" Tray Bird Feeder. I am going to be moving to a new state and I'm curious what kinds of birds I'll find in my new place. This looks like a feeder that would attract a wide variety of birds. :)

  3. I knew the power of 'Bark Butter' before I even read your review. I've tried a couple of boxes already. I filled them in holes of a hanging log. The only trouble is, each box only lasts few days, and they're EXPENSIVE! I use regular suet cakes in between. But the large woodpeckers (such as Hairy) don't visit as often when the Bark Butter is there.
    Gosh if I won, I'd use every penny of the prize on the Bark Butter.

  4. Sing to the tune of
     Matchmaker Matchmaker

    Bark butter..Bark Butter
    bring me a bird
    find me a bunch
    catch me a cache
    Bark butter Bark Butter
    here come the birds
    enjoying your nutty taste

  5. Thanks! I cant wait to order something!

  6. Congrats Dawn! :)