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Sujata roy

Morrisville, NC, USA


The gray catbirds migrate to our region during summer, when they breed here and leave around fall. Before leaving on their long journey they gorge up on berries. I happened to be at a location where this beautyberry plant was being gorged upon by a group of 10 of these birds. Around migration time, I saw many other birds fuel up on these berries. We have had long spell of dry weather this year and it seemed to me that the berries ripened at the right time, which helped many of these migrants.The bird looks for the ripest of the berries from the cluster and then plucks it and gulps it down. I also love how the purple of the berries and the monotone colors of the catbird contrast the scene.

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4 replies on “Berri-delicious”

Lori Grant says:


sujata says:


Rhonda Simpson says:

We had a gray catbird fly into the glass on our door. I found it on the ground where it’s one leg/foot is not functioning right. I immediately brought it in and put it in a box. We have no rehabilitator locally. My question is what to feed it and how much water?
Thank you!

Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

Hi Rhonda, It is against federal law to handle to treat wild birds without a federal permit. If you’re particularly worried about an individual, the best thing to do is to call a local wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian before taking action – even if they’re not local, they will offer advice. If you’re not sure who that is, your state’s wildlife office should have a list of rehabilitators that are federally certified.

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