A Round of Robins and the Ivy Berries
This is our first winter in our current house.
I wondered if the American robins would visit our backyard, as they visited the previous backyard because of a huge Coastal redwood tree in our neighbor's garden. They would congregate in the redwood and often fly into our yard to devour ripe berries on English ivy growing along a fence.
Most of us in the neighborhood consider English ivy a horrible non-native invasive nuisance.
I pull out most of the ivy around the yard, as I did in our previous backyard, but leave some to provide berries for visiting robins and Cedar Waxwings in the early spring.
A few weeks ago while having breakfast we were delighted to observe a round of robins, probably thirty of them, devouring the ivy berries along one of the backyard fences.
This was on a day of respite from heavy rain showers.