I just watched 2 Northern Flickers eating Chokeberries (Aronia melanocarpa). They were chased away by a Starling . I hadn't realized that Flickers were berry eaters. The birds were almost too heavy…Continue
"Hal Hinds notes in his Flora of New Brunswick that birds are "rarely attracted" to the berries. High bush cranberry is also very conspicuous through fall and winter - another that is not a favourite of birds."
"Thank You Denis and Ken. I had never seen Winterberry before. There was another shrub further off the trail that was loaded with berries- too wet to get to and too far to get a good photograph. Are birds attracted to the berries? Maybe they are not…"
Here is a photo I took of a winterberry in flower in early July, in the woods near Blackville. It looks a little different, mostly due to lighting, I think, and perhaps the time of year. But the leaf shape and venation is the same - the…"