Been getting some complaints from members of CFA that they’re not seeing too many birds around their bird feeder recently. I’m unsure exactly of the reason, but perhaps its due in part from the abundance of wild fruit. Seems like there is plenty of “bird fruit” out there. “Bird fruit” refers to those smaller berries that go relatively unnoticed since they’re either small or less edible to humans. Examples include–hobblebush, mountain ash, dogwood, nannyberry, black haw, staghorn sumac, thornapple, black/choke/fire cherries, wild grape, etc. Once these fruits dry up and fall or are consumed, I bet those birds will be back. 

mountain ash (Sorbus americana)
hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides)


May the Forest Be with You,


Ryan Trapani

Director of Forest Services

Catskill Forest Association