Now is an excellent time to set out fruiting plants if you live in the southernmost sections of the country. Gardeners in the northern tier and mountain states can plant in the spring.
"Fruits are very important for overwintering birds," says Christopher Whelan, an avian biologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. According to Whelan, many insectivorous birds change their diet in the fall and winter. Woodpeckers, thrashers, quail, robins, waxwings, mockingbirds, bluebirds, grouse, catbirds, thrushes and even chickadees and titmice turn to berries when the weather gets bad.
Read the entire article on the National Wildlife Federation website.