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.