Chokeberries and Popular Bird Fruit
Last year I planted a small Black Chokeberry with some fruit already on the shrub. Afew weeks later I noticed the fruit was gone one morning so I knew something around here did like it, in spite of the fact that others on this forum have Chokeberry fruits untouched all winter long.
This year the shrub has grown nicely and there is alot of fruit on it, some ripe. I tasted it and it does have a bitter aftertaste but wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Anyway, birds eat all sorts of berries, we would find really displeasing, much less ones poisonous to humans so I don't see why they would not like them.
Yesterday the Mockingbirds were going nuts dive bombing anyone in the yard, including the neighbors cat. Today I found fledgling Mockers in my cherry tree and one in the hedgerow. So now I know why the Mockers are scolding and dive bombing.
So today I watched one of the Mockingbirds filling up on the Chokeberries and then take one in its beak and flew to the fledgling and fed it the berry. So again, this year, the chokeberries are quite popular and are being scarfed down . Don't even have to wait until Winter!!!
I really like the looks of the shrub, nice lovely deep glossey green leaves and pretty flowers in the spring. Lovely Fall leave color also. I will get more for sure, especially as I know that the fruits will be eaten around here.
I just wanted everyone to know that fruits that are ignored in one yard might be a big hit in another yard so try whatever types of wildlife shrubs you like even though someone else had bad luck with attracting customers for the fruit.
Last year someone posted that nothing touched their Beautyberry shrub berries even tough they were touted as bird attracting. Yet last year my beautyberries only lasted afew weeks afer the berries colored up as the birds scarfed them up.
There is still some fruit on the 'Shasta' Doublefile, even though the Catbirds seem to prefer that one. So you see, the Mockingbirds did have a choice and did not have to pick the Chokeberries. They seem to prefer them right now.