In recent years I executed a campaign to rid myself of Leatherleaf Mahonia in favor of useful native shrubs. I got rid of all of them save one, which is doomed. It seems to have one use and that is an attractant for Gray Catbirds, and others, that seem to enjoy the succulent fruits. This feeding frenzy is amusing. But on the flip side, the lousy berries are ultimately turned into plants that I will have to hunt down and eradicate. Maybe this season the last beast will go and this could be the last time I'll watch Catbirds go ape for fruit, at least until the replacement plants get old enough!
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!