Is Service berry native?
On Sun, Jul 21, 2019, 10:32 AM Veer Frost <
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> Great post. My old place had a serviceberry also much desired by
> wildlife but I followed a gardener's (not a birder's!) advice and put
> in an Aronia here. I don't know why but in four years not a single
> bird has taken an Aronia berry of which there are many! They do love
> to bits the berries of the wild alternate leaved Dogwood I found with
> seven leaves under the oil tank and is now a big tree, a cornucopia of
> berries/drupes?... also, crabapples in winter...Veer Frost, Passumpsic
> On 7/21/2019 at 8:23 AM, "Walter Medwid" wrote:Sitting on my deck
> this morning catching up on the news with coffee in
> hand, binoculars at the ready and overlooking a 20 foot tall
> shrub loaded with ripening berries, the traffic to the berries has
> remarkable. Veeries, robins, catbirds, YB sapsuckers, and cedar
> seem to be managing well without the benefit of air traffic control.
> Chipmunks and red squirrels are taking advantage of the bounty as
> well. All
> the traffic seems to attract other avian species which seem to be
> investigating all the activity-chestnut sideds and redstarts in
> This shrub typically produces well each year but this one seems just a
> more robust.
> I share all this just to encourage the planting of it in other yards
> if you
> are interested in helping wildlife. It seems daunting to figure out
> how we
> aid wildlife with all of the threats but planting serviceberries is
> one; I
> also have dramatically reduced the amount of lawn the former owners
> maintained and letting trees return; encouraging milkweed and other
> productive pollenating plants.