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On a late August morning while enjoying coffee beside our pond, we noticed a flurry of activity high in a slender tree near the water’s edge opposite our chairs. Binoculars revealed a large number of juvenile blue birds, red bellied woodpeckers and American goldfinches picnicking on the dark blue berry-like fruits of a Black Gum Tupelo.
These small fleshy drupes provide food to over 30 species of birds and because they ripen earlier than many other fall fruits, they are especially important to migrating birds. They are also eaten by black bear and other mammals.
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