Date: 9/12/17 10:13 am
From: Inga Schmidt <ingais...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Fruit eaters - Geauga Co.
Over the years that I have lived here, I've planted many trees and shrubs
That will provide food and cover for birds. In the summer I don't put out feeders, and I am particularly pleased when I find birds flocking to a native food source.

Today, word must have gone out that the fruit on the old black gum tree, growing behind the pond, was ripe. (Not one I planted, but it is on my list.)
Over a dozen catbirds came to eat the fruit, joined by both a Swainsons and a gray-cheeked thrush (nice to see them close together to compare) robins, a scarlet tanager, red-bellied woodpeckers, and a brown thrasher. Also in the canopy nearby were red-eyed vireos and one philadelphia, a rose-breasted grosbeak and several warblers. (Tennessee, bay breasted, magnoloa, and blackpoll.)

Also heard a carolina wren in the understory and saw my first fall ruby crowned kinglet.

I didn't get any farther then this one active spot, but I probably missed some of the warbler movement. When I first went out this morning, there was a lot of activity in the sunlit top branches of the remaining elm, but hard to see and moved off quickly.

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin river road, geauga co at the cuy co line

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