Hanging Bird Feed

 Mountain ash berries, such as the ones shown above, are ripe all across northern Minnesota. I came across these near the top of the "rock knob" at Duluth’s Hartley Park on Sunday morning. They are a favorite food of cedar waxwings, and I imagine other species use them, too. I didn’t see any waxwings working on them Sunday morning.

  They are also just flat beautiful, those lush orange berries suspended in great clumps, adding a splash of color to the landscape before most of the leaves turn. We once tried to grow a mountain ash in our back yard, but it never flourished. Finally, it bit the dust. I’d like to have had those colorful clumps of berries in my yard this time of year. I guess I’ll just have to keep finding them other places, where the cedar waxwings have planted them.



2 Responses

  1. Sam Cook

    Yes, John, it’s true that cedar waxwings, robins and other berry-eaters get a bit tipsy when eating mountain ash berries late in the fall. After a hard frost, the berries ferment. When the birds dine on them, they’ll weave a bit or fly erratically, says Duluth naturalist Mark “Sparky” Stensaas.

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