the cherry tree cafe

June 17, 2010

in Birds, Trees, Woods and Forests

Cherries on a Cherry Tree   |   Mesmerising Moments

There is a cherry tree at the bottom of the garden.

It’s a regular feeding stop for the birds at this time of year. The alluring red berries shine among the green leaves, bright and delicious.

In the morning the tree is filled with the chirps and persistent tweets of fledgling birds hanging on to the apron strings by getting mum and dad to do the feeding.

The young bird sits and waits, a constant trill seeping from its beak “feed me, feed me”. Its breast is covered in dark brown spots, I suspect it’s a song thrush but I’m not too sure.

The older bird hops from branch to branch, twig to twig, picking the juiciest, the reddest, the fattest berries.

The young bird’s chirps reach fever pitch excitement before being quenched for one tiny moment of silence as the berry is eaten.

Find out more about wild cherry trees (Prunus avium) on the Kew Gardens website.

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