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May 08, 2012


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Sue, what a great story, putting fruit out for one species and attracting an entirely different (and new!) one in the process.
I think catbirds seem plentiful this year. Have you heard lots of reports of them in Indiana?

Sue Gregg

I love this video! Once my husband saw an oriole at our hummingbird feeder. I brought home an oriole feeder and put it out with oranges and nectar. The next morning I had 2 catbirds on it. I didn't even know I had catbirds in my yard. Now I hear them in the shrubs regularly.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Karen, glad to be of some help. Let us know if the fruit has any takers.


i heard this sound a lot today but couldn't see a bird. Now I think it might have been a cat bird. Thanks for the info. I will put out some more fruit and see who comes around.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen & Eileen - I had the fruit out for the orioles (yet to show) but I loved that the catbirds found it, as did some butterflies.


Cute video, love the catbirds. I have been putting fruit out too. I was hoping to attract the butterflies but a catbird would be nice too.


Catbirds have SUCH personality! They have been coming to our suet feeders regularly. I'll have to try putting out overripe fruit, especially since we no longer have a garbage disposal!

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