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Rowan: high energy food

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Rowan: high energy food

When we moved to Wareham back in 2006 we were anxious to remodel the garden into a wildlife friendly environment and one thing we quickly realised was the lack of natural autumn fruits for members of the thrush family, notably the blackbirds. The answer was to introduce a rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) which is now a strong, thriving tree adding interest to the garden and a superb supply of nectar bearing flowers in May and masses of juicy, high energy berries in September.

It is interesting to watch progress. The berries start green like many other fruits and the blackbirds are not in the slightest interested. After a while the berries turn orange and blackbirds start to visit the tree but still do not touch the berries. As the berries turn red the blackbirds try a sample from time to time and as soon as they are ripe and ready for eating the blackbirds demolish the lot in just a few days! Obviously, the blackbirds are eating far more than they need on a daily basis; what they are doing is storing up the goodness as fat reserves to keep them going in harder times later in the year. A very different strategy to that of many other animals of caching food for when it is needed.


 

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