Where have all the birds gone?
This time of year there is so much natural food available like seeds, acorns, insects, berries and fruit that the birds don't need to bother with supplements.
American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is one of my favorite shrubs for interesting berries. They support at least 10 different birds, including cardinals, mockingbirds, sparrows, bluebirds and woodpeckers. The berries have a high water content so they are particularly popular during dry periods.
Hearts-a-Burstin (Euonymus americanus) is an inconspicuous shrub most of the year but moves into the spotlight in fall with its crazy seed capsules that burst open to reveal the seeds. The white tailed deer certainly like these but birds will visit them too.
It won't be long before the temperatures plummet and the seeds and berries have been foraged and we will start to see more bird activity at feeders. But for now, we are enjoying watching bird behaviors in their natural habitat and making notes about which shrubs, perennials and trees we want to add to support more birds and wildlife.