Sunday, November 18, 2012

Robins Attacked the Holly Tree

Every fall, all of a sudden the Robins decide it is time to flock in and attack the American Holly Tree.  Around noon today, I noticed a sudden flurry of activity in the yard.  A huge flock of Robins came in and swarmed the tree.  Over the last couple of years, I have noticed that several other non-native species of holly shrubs/trees on the street that have orange colored berries, are never touched despite being full of berries..

They took over the bird baths and water fountain and stirred up all the other birds.  The bird activity went from 0 to 60 within seconds.  Their chirping and activity brought in other birds to see what all the fuss was about.  Brown Thrashers, Mockingbirds, Gray Catbirds joined in the fray.  With all the large birds, a small Kinglet could not resist checking out the goings on.

Even a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker flew in to check out the commotion.  The day as been very overcast and gray with only the ocassional mist now and then so the photos are not the best.

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