[Mnbird] Surprising berry eaters
bjkerr at umn.edu
Fri Oct 8 15:24:57 CDT 2021
There's a bit of competition in our Golden Valley backyard today for our
abundant Juniper and Winterberry berries. I'm accustomed to the flocks of
Robins coming through (and Cedar Waxwings a bit later), but I was surprised
today to see White-Throated Sparrows and a few Yellow-Rumped Warblers
joining in on the feeding. I tend to think of WTS as ground feeders and am
used to seeing Butterbuts hawking for insects. I guess they are all
opportunists, which is a good thing.
Another surprise: an Immature Northern Cardinal with a totally dark beak
has been frequenting the feeder, with and without an adult female. Our
resident pair must have had a rather late brood. I learned yesterday (from
Tammy Mercer, the naturalist leading the Eloise Butler Early Bird bird
walk--which is a great group, if you're in the area) that Cardinals can
have as many as four broods. They apparently move on quickly from one
brood to the next.
Golden Valley, MN
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