Fieldfares and Redwings move into gardens

Yesterday on facebook people from all parts of the country were posting photos of Fieldfares and Redwings coming into their garden seeking food! And our area was no exception.

This lovely set of photos was taken by Don Frost yesterday from his Three Oaks window feeding on Cherry Crab Apple (or Cherry-crab) berries, along with a Song Thrush and a fuzzy Wood Pigeon in the background. If they are in Three Oaks they are probably in Westfield too!

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This Cherry-crab tree has a story behind it because some 30 years ago I went to see Waxwings whilst visiting relatives in Ipswich, and they were feeding on these same berries on a tree I couldn’t identify at the time. So I saved a few and grew them from seed in the hope that one day I could attract Waxwings to my own garden! In the event I raised two young trees in pots and gave one to friends Don and Rosie to add to their tree collection, especially as their garden’s a lot bigger than mine! I transferred mine to a large tub.

Now 30 years on mine is still only about 7 ft tall and has never flowered let alone produced berries! Theirs on the other hand quickly grew into a 20 foot plus tree that has berries most years, but only ever attracted the likes of Blackbird and Song Thrush – til now! Waxwings one day maybe!

In my own garden in Westfield at least I managed to attract Waxwings a few years ago by also growing a Guelder Rose specially, but I’ve only ever had a single Fieldfare come down to feed – on a conventional Crab Apple!

Ralph

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