Isolated trees such as this one, especially those with exposed dead limbs are bird magnets. They provide birds vantage points from which to survey the surrounding area, exposed perches from which to sing territorial songs, and cover to fly to if disturbed from foraging in the pasture. It seems no bird flying over can resist landing in the top of this tree, if just for a brief survey. It’s a good set-up for the birder too. I always look forward to seeing who is using the tree when I stroll past.
Just yesterday I saw the above species using the tree, plus orchard orioles, blue grosbeaks, Eastern bluebirds, and indigo buntings. A nice male summer tanager sang from the top and was promptly displaced by a brilliant scarlet tanager that lingered long enough to sing a bit himself. Bright yellow American goldfinches are a common sight at the top along with Eastern towhees, Northern mockingbirds, Northern flickers, and red-winged blackbirds. I have even seen a green heron at the top of this tree.