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Migrating and wintering birds can find a good food supply from such berry-producing trees and shrubs as red cedar, red bay, wax myrtle, and Carolina laurelberry.
Birdhouses and feeders can attract birds to the backyard during the North Carolina winter. Important guidelines to remember when feeding birds is to maintain a constant food supply, keep feeders clean and separate from water sources.
Hunters, birders and wildlife watchers should become familiar with the berries that ripen from September through November in North Carolina. A variety of berries are the main soft mast species that many wildlife species consume in the fall. Observing what animals eat and learning about those foods will enhance outdoor experiences.
The hobby the hobby hoped readers would fall into was birdwatching. Helping to make this pastime seem more enjoyable were tips such as optimal feeds and feeding stations. Contained also were birds to expect and types of seed they prefer. At the end of the article were a list of books with more information and insights about this entertaining and enlightening activity.
Birdwatching, also called birding, is touted by the author as one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States. Birdwatching skills discussed were binocular use, use of field guides, and times to engage in the hobby. Concerning the use of field guides, anatomical features to pay attention to includes shape of the bill, skull, and body; colors of feathers; and songs.