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Berries birds don't eat

Posted by terryr z5a IL (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 5, 07 at 17:52

After reading the thread "will birds eat these berries", it made me wonder about what berry producing shrub or tree that birds don't like. I of course want berries that birds will eat, so I'm wondering what berries the birds don't eat.

Anybody?

Terry


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RE: Berries birds don't eat

I have several nandina bushes that were here when we bought the house. The birds never touch the berries, but they still sprout up every where.


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RE: Berries birds don't eat

Terry,

This post isn't about berries the birds won't eat at all, but I know I read somewhere that it's good to have berries which are edible to the birds, but not their favorites, so there's something for them in the winter if needed. I've heard Aronia (chokeberry) mentioned as a plant like this.

Lori


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RE: Berries birds don't eat

I think it does depend on ones yard. I know I heard that birds will not eat Aronia unless there is nothing else but around here the birds scarf up the black Aronia berries as soon as they get ripe. And its not as if there aren't lots of other fruiting shrubs for them to pick from. Now the red Aronia is never eaten except in winter as a last resort.


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RE: Berries birds don't eat

I believe it's the red Aronia I have (which I also think the Latin name has been changed). I bought it because I read that they eat the red one and not the black. Mine has yet to bloom, just bought this spring at a native sale with not much to it, so I can't comment on the fragrance. But I went to another native sale that had the black ones and they smelled heavenly. And of course I went on a day that was for pick-up only. Since it was about a 2 hour drive, no way was I going back the next to buy myself one!

I guess I should of worded my initial post differently and added in what berries do you find that your birds don't eat, but you have knowledge that they eat them somewhere else or something to that effect...because as Rita pointed out, there are berries that maybe the birds in my back yard won't eat, but they eat them in somebody else's.


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