Tag: Winterberry

Robins, and holly–and starlings, oh golly

The harbingers of spring. An American robin (Turdus┬ámigratorius) stopped by on February 9, 2018. Perhaps he was a loner. Perhaps he is a member of the small flock of robins I saw recently in the park across the street. He sat in the magnolia…

Persephone months

Eliot Coleman calls the period of time when days are less than 10 hours long from sunrise to sunset the Persephone months. In his Maine winter garden, this is when vegetables under cover will be available for harvest, although they do not grow. The…

Robins ate the winterberries

For Christmas 2015, I bought a small Winter Red winterberry shrub (Ilex verticillata). Sometime the following January, something ate the red berries. I suspected the robins, but did not have proof. This Christmas, the winterberry bush was double in size with multitudes of beautiful…

A robin experiment

In the post American robin,┬ájust a few days ago, I wrote about a big old robin near the feeders, and also about a flock of robins in a nearby park, eating little dried-up fruits from 2 small crabapple trees. Perhaps these tangy treats–well, I…