This is Northern Bayberry, Myrica pensylvanica. The entire plant is very waxy, including its berries. Colonial Americans would boil the berries and make candles from the wax that floated to the surface of the water. This wax means the berries are packed with energy, making them perfect sustenance for migrating birds.

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