Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Berry Picking Time

The berries are ready for picking!
They're not for us though, but the feathered friends that come to visit.  The serviceberry tree (Amelanchier canadensis) in the backyard is 'Autumn Brilliance' and has attracted so many birds that we planted another in the front yard.
 However, for the past couple of years the birds were not eating the berries as they started to develop like this...
to become an awful looking mess.  At the front of the house was a tall juniper that started oozing a rusty coloured goop in the spring that I found out was cedar apple rust.  It also affected the crabapple tree.  We yanked that culprit out last fall and look at how many healthy berries we have this year in the top photo!
The cedar waxwings arrive in groups.
The male and female cardinals take turns, always keeping an eye out for predators.
Robins come and go, but sometimes just sit visibly in the tree to show possession.
Not too sure about this bird, a grosbeak of some type and possibly a juvenile.
This one has a tail.   When the whole tree is shaking, there's a couple of squirrels inside pulling at the berries.
The grackles are the only guests that bathe after they dine.  The bird bath needs changing a couple of times a day from how dirty they leave the water.
Blue jays also eat the berries but dive right in the branches and then fly off so that I wasn't able to capture them yet.
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40 comments:

  1. Oh so that really is a bluejay behavior. We have some nesting in the Eastern spruce and we laugh at how they crash land all the time. Interesting. That bush takes care of lots of wildlife and how thoughtful of you to have the birdbath for the dirty grackles. Ha!

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  2. Judith:
    Last year we cut down a tree in our yard that had 1 limb of grafted cherries. The lady behind me has a wonderful cherry tree but she is now bedridden and I have never seen anyone pick them so the birds have a continual feast.

    Love your bird photos!

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  3. I think I must plant a service berry to attract the cedar wax wings, which we do have here, but don't see them often. I don't have any such berry bushes here to invite them in. Nor do we have cardinals. Your photos are just great.

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  4. I can tell you have a lot of fun watching them. Great shots of their feasting.

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  5. Those berries sure are a magnet for a variety of birds. Thank you for sharing these!

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  6. lovely photos of the birds eating the berries, especially the cedar waxwings

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  7. What wonderful photos of the birds in your tree. I'm glad you found out the cause of the weird looking berries and now they are healthy again. We were told a service berry tree would be nice for our yard to fill in the gap where we had trees removed. I think I'd like one of them because of the spring blooms, the berries and the shade. Do you recommend them Judith?

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  8. Beautiful photo's of the birds and the berries. Solovely to see.

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  9. Judith you have captured your feathered visitors brilliantly! Especially the bathing in the bird bath. Thank you for sharing the info on what could cause such destruction to the berries. Enjoy your week..xo Blessings, C. (HHL)

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  10. I am so impressed with both your knowledge of the birds & berries but also the fact that you CAPTURED those droplets of water flying out of the birdbath!!! Amazing!

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  11. Oh my goodness, what a delightful post - your bird pics are exquisite!

    WOW!!!!

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  12. It's always fun to sit and watch birds play.
    Merle...........

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  13. Great bird photos. It's interesting you got rid of the Juniper and it got rid of the problem. My neighbor just had the problem this Spring and I talked him in to getting rid of the one before it caused other problems for us so hopefully it didn't cause any others before he got it out.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  14. Love the photos of the cedar waxwings. I spotted some in my yard this week, but I don't often see them. My neighbour has a mountain ash tree which the waxwings like too. I like the idea of attracting the birds to the yard with berry trees. The grackles in our yard walk right under the waterfall in our pond ... they really do love water! Wendy

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  15. Hi Judith, thanks for stopping by my blog. These pictures of the birdies are so cute, they love the water. What a treat for you to enjoy them. I so wish I could grow berries of any kind. Yours look perfect for picking, enjoy.
    xxx
    Marlene

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  16. What awesome photos! And now I have to go investigate the serviceberry, a new one to me!

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  17. Hi, Judith,
    Wonderful to see the bird eating berries. Birds are lucky to have such a pretty bath taken care well by you!

    Tomoko

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  18. What great photos! So glad you were able to solve the problem! Glad you didn't lose the bush in the backyard. So pretty!
    Karen

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  19. I'd love to plant some of these berry bushes to attract more birds to my yard--that is, if the bears won't also like the berries!

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  20. Beautiful birds !! I love to get as many birds in my garden as I can. I keep feeding them in Summer too, so they know where they have to be in Winter ; )
    Have a wonderful day.

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  21. ...wondering now if a service berry would survive in the subtropics of south Texas?!! Gonna have to go search google to see what it tells me.

    LOVE your bird photos. What a delight to see all the different ones as nature intended!

    If you'd like [just suggesting]...you should consider adding this link to my Saturday Birding meme, The Bird D'Pot.

    It opens each and every Saturday, at NOON [Texas Time - Central Daylight] and here is the url if you care to see what's in store. Your link would be a super addition to share!

    http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com

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  22. What a great variety of birds. I love the Waxwings, I do not see them often around here. I guess I need some ripe berries. Great shots, have a happy weekend!

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  23. Here from Fertilizer Friday. Enjoyed your post and all the lovely photos.

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  24. Visiting from Tickle Berry&Sherman.
    Awesome shots of the birds

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  25. Gardening, bird watching, and photography all seem to go together. Your post is lovely, and I know the birds enjoy the provisions you make for them.

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  26. seems like dinner is served. :) With many guests.

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  27. Great for attracting the waxwings!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  28. Hi Judith. Those berries looked so sick. I'm glad they got to feeling better. You have a beautiful array of birds coming to your yard. That little one that you couldn't identify, looks mainly like the ones around here. I don't know what they are either, just not as showy as your other visitors. I hope you can get a picture of your blue jays to compare with mine..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  29. Wonderful photos! I love the last one.

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  30. Nice work sorting out your diseased tree. It paid off for all the birds and yourselves.

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  31. Hello Judith.. I love seeing all those lovely bird photos.. Thanks for sharing them with us.. Hugs Judy

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  32. Wonderful photos! Lovely birds and berries!

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  33. The best reason for planting berries is to see all the birds enjoy a few too. :)

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  34. I can see that you've attracted so many wonderful birds to your garden, Judith. I'll have to keep a serviceberry tree in mind.

    It's a gorgeous day here and I hope you're enjoying the same.

    -Karen

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  35. I love growing berries for birds...yours seem very happy. I have several berry bearing shrubs ripening but the birds aren't even waiting.

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  36. I get it is great fun to watch them in the feeding frenzy!

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  37. What beautiful birds visit your Autumn Brilliance tree. I need to see if one will grow in my area.

    Your photos are superb! I thoroughly enjoyed them.

    Judith

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