13th July 2015

Amelanchier- or Snowy Mespilus– what one small tree can do for birds in your garden (or in this case our neighbours!). At this time of year there is a lot of wild food around for birds so, in order to get them in the garden it really helps to have a small tree like this Amelanchier, which has beautiful flowers in spring (and buds the Bullfinches love), provides shelter, has great autumn colours but at this time has berries the birds flock to. We have had at least 5 Bullfinches visiting regularly, Blackbirds and Thrushes, Greenfinches and this little female Blackcap among other species performing antics to get at the berries. Even the juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker has had a go at balancing its big body on the delicate branches. Conditions: Rain and drizzle. Temperature: Max 18- Min 14c.

Blackbirds balance precariously or fly up and hover to get at the berries

Blackbirds balance precariously or fly up and hover to get at the berries

Two males, a female and at east two juvenile Bullfinches have been feeding

Two males, a female and at least two juvenile Bullfinches have been feeding

Juvenile Bullfinches took a while to learn the trick before tucking in

Juvenile Bullfinches took a while to learn the trick before tucking in

This female Blackcap, tucked well inside the tree, also enjoyed the fruits

This female Blackcap, tucked well inside the tree, also enjoyed the fruits

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