Posts Tagged ‘berries’

Robin Central

Rain continues to fall and is gradually increasing. I hear the robins chirping from where I sit by the picture window. A light breeze blows.

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I just realized one of the draws is the abundance of berries on, and fallen from the hackberry trees.

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The  robin actually stood still for a picture.

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Something in the bare spot draws their attention. (Five in the picture)

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A quiet reprieve with a view. Maybe it’s trying to decide where to feed next.

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Berries still remain on the hackberry trees. Maybe this robin prefers a higher perch.

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The sky reflecting in the water drops on the picture window changes the focus of the picture.

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Three-thirty and suddenly all is still … completely still.


A Backwards Blog

There are white berries on white dogwood trees along the back of our yard. This answered my question from the other night.

Conditions sometimes dictate the quality of my pictures. This was one of those times. Needless to say, I took the following pictures through a dirty window and the screen.

A few nights ago, I walked into the bedroom and saw a young bird perched on the remains of an overgrown evergreen shrub that my husband cut way back. It looked like a young robin to me.

It looked like a robin to me, until a brown thrasher flew in and fed it! It happened to fast to get a picture. Then I was confused. I’d never seen a young brown thrasher. I just kept snapping pictures.

The brown thrasher returned with “dinner” that wasn’t intended for the robin this time.

The young napped.

Just what it was waiting for.

Looked like it wanted more.

It preened.

This time I could see what was being fed … only I didn’t know what it was. It wasn’t until I had the pictures in the computer that I could tell. I didn’t know when the berries were ripe on the white dogwoods.

I’m over here!

After watering the few plants that I water, I peeked around the corner of the house and the robin was still there. It was gone when I went back in the house.

Sumac Berries

I transplanted 2 sumac trees in the lower part of our yard several years ago. They were planted especially for feeding the birds in the winter.

The only reason I think they’re healthier looking than most plants is because it’s lower back there, and they’re down from the septic field. It didn’t look like the birds have started eating them yet.

Droopy leaves on this sumac show signs of stress from the extreme heat and drought. I also wonder about the overall tree drooping.

All the berries are gone on the wild cherry trees in the yard. Leaves on all the hackberry trees are yellowish and wilty looking. Their berries are a strange color and aren’t ripe yet. I wonder if they’ll even ripen.

A flock of cedar waxwings will move in an area in the winter and stay there until all the berries are gone. Robins and bluebirds eat berries in the winter too.

Neglected, And I’m Glad

As everyone knows, this hasn’t been a good year for gardening and has been to hot for most outdoor activities. Now I’m glad my gardens were neglectged. I just came in from taking pictures in my moon garden. Poke grows commonly where I usually pulled or cut it out.

I’m glad now it grows where it does.

Several poke plants grow among 2 butterfly bushes, all making a tangle taller than I am. The great spangled fritillary caught my attention. Butterflies aren’t a daily treat this summer. Then I noticed all the poke and immediately thought about the berry-eating birds. At least they’ll find meals here too.

I hope the butterfly bush continues to bloom. The poke should continue producing berries.

The berries are in varying stages of development, which will stretch out the meals.

All pollinated and ready to grow.

Won’t be long before these start ripening.

“Dinner” is served.