Usually we manage to keep the berries on our American Holly Ilex Opaca tree till February when flocks of Cedar Waxwings come and strip the entire tree in a couple of days. But this year things went different and quite unexpected. On Thursday I did make photos from our heavy Holly berry crop. On Saturday, hundreds of Robins did land in our American Holly tree and feasted on the thick berries. Sunday at breakfast time I noticed the tree was BARE. It is very hard to capture those birds on camera, while they keep flying and landing and eating... We've tried that with the Cedar Waxwings before but they move constantly. Below post you find a link to a Youtube video with Robins in action.
So I can only show you the yield before and the bare tree after the invasion.
Well, what would we do if we were a bird?
Probably feast on them too!
This tree is at the corner of our Veranda, you can see the top of the house behind it.
They were great for Christmas time and almost all of January...
The tree in the back ground is our Live Oak tree so from our Veranda window we at least see year round GREEN!
There already were lots of spills from the 'Bird Cafetaria'... The ground is covered with them.
Love the Kidney Weed or Dichondra Repens that is growing instead of grass, as that too is evergreen!
BARE, except for that one on the left...
We never had this American Holly tree stripped that early.
IF the Cedar Waxwings do come; they will cry!
Do you have such an American Holly tree, still loaded with berries in your yard?
Robins feed on Holly tree berries Youtube video