Saturday, July 26, 2008

Your Father Smelt of Elderberries

Catbird wonders if the coast is clear....

I love my elderberries. They are all cloned plants off of two originals - a black elderberry that I pulled off of Amy's parents' woodlot, and some type of black hybrid from Home Depot. Now we have about 9 mature plants or so. They were really productive this year, which was great. I was hoping to make another batch of elderberry wine (last year's is still aging)....to help promote more socially awkward quotes about elderberries.

However, the birds are stealing even more berries than they stole last year. And while the catbirds are in their starring role as culprits, mockingbirds, robins, and cardinals have joined in. Exciting - gallery of the world's most common suburban birds....
Mockingbird is pretty happy about the berry situation in our yard

At any rate, the whole reason I planted all those elderberries was to provide bird food & habitat, not wine-making supplies. So I suppose that I was successful at that effort.


Beakful of elderberries (mockingbird)

3 comments:

Bird said...

Heh, I'd be pretty damn excited if any of these birds turned up in my garden, with being in the UK and all...

Swamp Thing said...

Fair enough! We had a brown creeper bouncing around this morning. Since we live more in the "wintering" part of North America, our most exciting birds are here from October to April.

I love your blog, by the way, great to get a similar perspective on nature from across "The Pond."

The Rabid Outdoorsman said...

I have a batch of wine fermenting behind the couch in my living room . . . great hobby! Nice photos BTW.