The berries of the cedar (juniper), wahoo, and winterberries are quite popular with a variety of birds. We didn’t plan for the visibility of the berries when we planted the shrubs, however it’s great fun watching the birds feed while we stay warm indoors.
Birds started feeding on the abundant small blue berries of the cedar (Juniperus virginiana ‘Glauca’) in early October. Along with this house finch, I observed a yellow-rumped warbler, a field sparrow and several robins.
By the last of October, the birds began to feed on the wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus) seedpods. Since then, the seedpods have dried and are somewhat smaller, but the birds don’t seem to mind. Cardinals and other birds continue to feed on them.
Robins seem especially attracted to the winterberries (Ilex verticillata). These are decidous hollies, which means they drop their leaves. In this December 2nd photo, they still had green leaves. Now, after a wintry week, the leaves are gone and the bright red berries create a bright spot, especally on dark, cloudy days (see top photo).
We like to do what we can to help the birds through the cold winter months. I’m especially glad we can offer them some home-grown berries. And in return, we get to watch them enjoying the bounty.