In the Wild
Catbirds like a wide variety of fruits that grow on trees, vines and shrubs in the wild. They visit all kinds of plants in the course of the season, hopping from branch to branch gobbling succulent berries enthusiastically. They wash it all down with water from streams, ponds and puddles. Some plants that they visit often for their berries are:
|Chow In The Summer|
|Chow In The Fall|
At the Feeder
Homeowners who put out food at birdfeeders during the summer months as well as during the winter will find that catbirds visit occasionally. Typically, there is an abundance of natural food during the growing season, but they will come and investigate special items such as raisins and grape jelly left on a platform feeder. Like all birds, catbirds need a dependable supply of fresh water. They not only drink it, but they love to bathe, so put out a birdbath and keep it clean and filled.
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Sometimes catbirds regard a home orchard or berry patch as a feeder just for them. Since nearly 30% of their diet is fruit, they are persistent visitors to the point of being pests. To protect strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes and especially blueberries, cover the crops with bird netting. Take pains to fasten it securely or they will find a way to get inside it.