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Article: Deck the House with Boughs of Holly...and Other Stuff: Leave the Juniper Berries on the Trees

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hamptons
Watermill, NY

December 10, 2012
12:54 PM

Post #9354832

Juniper berries are a vital food source for birds in winter. I watch the birds strip the trees bare of berries within a week sometimes. All kinds of birds in one tree -- winter robins (many prefer not to migrate in my area) waxwings, catbirds, white throated sparrows, song sparrows, Juncos, mockingbirds, blackbirds, goldfinches. It's like one of those holiday cards that shows all different species of birds in a Christmas tree, only in real life. The trees seem alive with activity as birds hop up, down, and fly in and out of the tree.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 12, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9356494

Most "bird food" (berries, seed pods, etc.) stays out in the yard, but I do take some for my own use (human-edibles, decorating, seed swaps).

You're right about those congregations of foraging birds -- so fun!

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