A live 1-inch-diameter branch was cut off, leaving a 3-foot length when my 
screen pergola was built onto the side of my cottage. It is 4 feet above a bird 
feeder frequented by chickadees, which is hanging on a lower branch.

I kept noticing a wet spot on the ground near base of tree, then finally saw 
the moisture dripping from this cut-off branch & hitting the ground.

Yesterday, while sitting inside the pergola, I saw a chickadee repeatedly 
sitting on the end of that branch, drinking sap as it flowed out !

Plus, I thought - the river birch is watering itself since the sap flow is 
quite constant.

Donna Scott
Kendal at Ithaca-377
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