Wednesday, October 14, 2009

You know its fall when

when a flock of Robins descend upon the berry bushes and trees. Right now the favored berry is Beauty
Bush.
                                  
It is so much fun watching their antics as these rather large birds bounce around on the limbs picking berries. They have soft little noises they make as they eating. They churrr occasionally. I wonder if that is like us saying 'mmmm good'.  These berries are good enough to fight over too.  An occasional battle ensues when another Robin tries to invade anothers limb.

They sneak up on those wily berries. They act as if theythink the berries might get away before they can snatch them from the limb.  I asked my DB to take a few photos of them.  Thank you Dear.

It is amazing that they take berries one at a time.  While I would expect them to do this with big berries, like holly berries, Hawthorn etc. I thought they could get more than one beauty berry in their bill.  I didn't witness them getting more than one at a time.

They have been here a few days and they will stay until every berry in the garden is gone. That is ok because they are a big part of why I plant so many shrubs and trees that have berries.


 There will be a few berries left over for what ever creature can get out to the tipy tip of limbs.

24 comments:

  1. Oh thanks to your DB, Lisa, the photos are great, almost like being there in person! We have a small dwarf beautyberry just planted. Nice to know it will feed the robins in a year or two. Right now the cardinals are stripping the many dogwoods of the bright red fruits. Then depositing them all over. They are weedy, but not as bad as the maples.
    Frances

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  2. Hi Lisa....wonderful entertainment and free. I love to watch birds strip the shrubs of berries.
    The photographs are great DB....

    I wish someone would enlighten me....how do you get these photographs without the birds flying away?.......

    I have so many birds in my garden and still cannot catch them with my camera, so frustrating.......

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  3. Frances, I wish I could consider dogwoods as weedy. ha... I have never had one reseed in any way in the garden.

    Cheryl, I know your frustration. This is why I asked DB to take these photos. I took the window out of the bottom of the back door storm door. DB sat quietly in a chair shooting the birds. So in reality the house served as a blind. It is difficult to get close sharp photos of birds. I rarely try with my little point and shoot camera.

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  4. I'm glad you have berries for the robins!There are none here because swarms of starlings came through and stripped the shrubs of berries.

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  5. I love those photos. I still have a few robins hanging around eating fruit. They will be leaving me soon to go somewhere warmer.
    Marnie

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  6. Awesome. I love beauty berries. Its so wonderful to watch the birds. soothing and entertaining.

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  7. Fantastic photos DB! Lisa...I've never noticed the eye patches on these birds before! They look like they are ready to do the town! I love the 'weedy' dogwoods and have begun to move them to a few spots so they will show their loveliness all year. gail

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  8. Lisa, I haven't seen a robin an a bout a week. I suppose they are all at your garden eating your berries. I love those beaut berries. Such a lovely color!

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  9. Ah, now I know your secret. I was wondering how you got such great bird shots. That beautyberry is just a stunner, I have to get one.

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  10. Thanks for sharing the great robin photos. We will have large flocks moving through later in the fall/early winter. A few robins will also overwinter here.

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  11. Oh, I like this post! those pictures are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.

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  12. Pretty fall pictures, Lisa. I'm glad the robins are filling up before their flight south to Austin. It's a long way to go.

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  13. Awesome pics, Lisa! Hubby has a great eye--not to mention stealth for getting those shots without the birds taking flight. We should be seeing those Robins soon. Beauty bush has been on my want list for some time now. Not sure how it would survive our summers though.

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  14. Free entertainment! You've gotten some great shots of those hungry robins. It's sad to see them go.

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  15. DB did a great job in getting all these photos, Lisa! I have a couple of places I'd like to plant some new shrubs; I'll have to keep the beautyberry in mind.

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  16. I think we are in for a tough winter.

    These are woderful photos.

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  17. Lisa, you're one smart girl to plant some any fruiting shrubs. How would we survive without the cheerful sight of robins? I miss them when they leave in the fall, and I cheer their return in spring. I have 'Profusion' Beautyberry, but it was covered quite a bit this year by my cucumbers, so it's not very prolific. Learned my lesson.~~Dee

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  18. Very wonderful photos of my state bird!

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  19. Love that beautyberry for its color and for its delectable berries for the birdies. Your robins are quite handsome and fun to watch I'm sure.

    This is a great time of year!
    Meems

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  20. Fun shots of the robin. Keep seeing birds racing back and forth in the yard. Should get out my camera. Not sure about the natural food. :(

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  21. How lucky you are to have a flock of robins feeding on your berries. I'd love to grow Beautyberry. It may just survive in our borderline zone 5 garden.
    You certainly attract lots of lovely birds to your yard, Lisa.
    Your DB did a good job taking those great photos.
    We have beautiful sunshine and blue skies today. I'm going out now to enjoy them :) The predicted snow stayed in PA, so we got lucky this time. Hope the weather is lovely in your neck of the woods too.

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  22. Beautiful post...and beautiful berries ;-)

    When I was a child, I once saw a flock of Cedar Waxwings descend upon a hedgerow of bittersweet. I will never forget it. There were hundreds of them. When they left, there were no more berries!

    Lately we have the turkeys here, eating the barberry.

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  23. Dear Lisa,
    I do noy know how I missed this post....I also have had the Robins and the Cardinals eating the berries. They seem to be going for the Dogwood berries at my house. The Crab also has a nice crop this year. Looks as if the birds will get them next. It is why I garden too!
    Wonderful photographs! He did good.
    Sherry

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  24. Hi Lisa, something fried the leaves of my beautyberry before the berries were entirely done, but I still got some good ones--though, interestly, no robins (I mean, we have robins, but they don't seem to nom on the berries). P.S. The robin to the top right in the first photo is interesting! ;-)

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