Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Our little mountain-ash is all alive with [birds.] A dozen robins on it at once, busily reaching after and plucking the berries, actually make the whole tree shake. ... A robin will swallow half a dozen berries, at least, in rapid succession..."
(Photo of American Robin dining on mountain ash berries, by Tom Grey)
If you have berries, they will come. Chickadees, sparrows, Bushtits, waxwings, and more, and will enliven your garden on the cusp of the equinox. As flowers die down, birds take over as a main attraction..
You may not want blackberries anywhere near your garden, but this Black-capped Chickadee can't get enough of them this time of year...
(Photo of chickadee and song sparrows below, by Mike Hamilton)
Watch for a flock of Cedar Waxwings to really brighten up your garden, at a time of year when the garden is going down, these sleek birds liven and color it up. In spring, berries even become part of their courtship ritual.
(Photo by Tom Grey)