My sister and her family are very fortunate to have a weekend house in Connecticut. Bird watching has become a family past time, with multiple (and I mean multiple!) bird feeders on the property. Considering it brings my nieces and nephew great joy to watch them, I couldn’t bring myself to tell them that they are actually doing more harm than good.
I was thinking about this as the horticulturists and I watched with great awe, a large flock of robins devour the berries off a Winterberry Holly. Mother Nature takes care of her own. Winterberry Holly or Ilex verticillata is a native species that is considered to have high wildlife value. Birds love the fruit. Instead of feast on the weekend and famine during the week, planting a diverse selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials would provide both habitat and a steady source of sustenance. Diverse selection of plants equals diverse selection of wildlife. Great for everyone’s viewing pleasure.