Chestnut-sided Warbler with Pokeweed berry stains

Chestnut-sided Warbler with Pokeweed berry stains.
 
I constantly get asked why all the birds come to my backyard. Well it is simple, I make it inviting for them to visit. I’ve shown photos of my yard before, the Bear Woods Wildlife Sanctuary, and I see the looks on people’s faces…its nothing special. That is exactly right, it is very plain, nothing exciting, just inviting. The details are what makes it inviting to the birds. Native plants bring in insects and produce berries and seeds that birds love. I’ve shown videos and still of the bears eating Summer grapes, and birds on flower heads. This is a Chestnut-sided Warbler that just filled up on Pokeweed berries. The purple stain on the beak is the remnants of breakfast. I have several Pokeweed plants growing behind the house and this time of year they are covered with Warblers, Tanagers, Thrashers, Thrush, Bears, and more. They are great for all the birds but especially the ones building up calorie counts for the trip south. It is hard for some folks to let their yards go more native, and I get that, but if you really want to see a larger number of birds visit…invite them.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsPhotography

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