17th October 2014

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Female Blackbird enjoying the yellow berries of Joseph Rock

Mistle Thrushes and Blackbirds have begun to feed on the yellow berries of our Joseph Rock Rowan tree over the past couple of days. I mentioned the wonderful

Male Blackbird eating the berries

Male Blackbird eating the berries

Mistle Thrush feasting on the Rowan berries

Mistle Thrush feasting on the Rowan berries

autumn colours of this small tree recently, and we were particularly lucky to have lots of birds, including over-wintering thrushes, feeding on the unusually prolific berries last year. I chose this Rowan for two reasons- one was the exceptional late autumn colours and the other was that, because birds tend to leave yellow berries longer before they eat them, they provide a late source of food and often attract winter arrivals. This year, there aren’t so many berries and the mild season, both here and in their Scandinavia and Icelandic summer habitats, means the local species might have stripped the fruits before the winter species arrive!  It’s still great to watch. There’ll be a short break away from blogging- back soon (when al the berries will probably be eaten!) Conditions: A mild, sunny, lovely autumn day. Temperature: Max 17- Min 15 C.

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