[TN-Bird] Poke Berries bring Thrushes&Tanagers

  • From: John Devereux Joslin <jdjoslin@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-Bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 16:26:51 -0400

    Just a quick note to encourage those who don't already do so to let
Pokeweed grow whether it chooses to pop up on their property (assuming
they can deal with the appearance).  It will continue to produce berries
all fall if the birds don't eat them all first.
    The last week or so I have had an unusual boom of tanagers and
thrushes in my yard as a result of the Poke berries.  Today was typical
with 4 Scarlet Tanagers and 2 Swainson's Thrushes along with the usual
crowd of towhees, cardinals, robins, and Brown Thrashers.  Earlier in
the week one day produced 7 Scarlet Tanagers, 1 Summer Tanager, 5
Swainson's Thrushes and 1 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH.   This was the best look
I've ever had at a Gray-cheeked sitting side-by-side with a Swainson's
for a long time, allowing a chance for a thorough comparison.
    In addition this week has produced in the sprinkler Tennessee
Warblers, a Magnolia Warbler, a male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and
redstarts.

Dev Joslin
Oak Ridge, TN



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