Birds of different feathers flock together

On the Trail

Glasser is a freelance writer and local nature enthusiast. Reach her at

All through December and into the early new year the backyard patio of my new home was very quiet. Where were the birds?

Things began to change this month in my Conejo Valley neighborhood when a grove of gangly privets in the corner of my patio came to the attention of sparrows.

The privets produce bushels of berries after flowering, and their berries are a deep dusky blue similar to true blu...

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