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.
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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