Bare berry trees mean life or death for birds in cold

Last week, deep snows to our north brought to a halt the first waves of migrating sandhill cranes winging through the Tri-State. The prehistoric birds gathered in and around Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area and verified that, despite ongoing winterlike weather, lengthening days mean breeding season is in the offing.

The to-and-fro flights generate more yard activity than virtually any other feeding frenzy backyard bird feeder hosts will likely witness. Depending on tree size and robin numbers, trees can go bare of berries in hours. Our two 35-foot, heavily laden trees lasted through only two days of frenetic feeding.

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