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American Robin eating Ivy Berries

English ivy is invasive and tries to take over our fences and hedges.

We removed the ivy completely from one fence, and are now trying to grow passionflower instead, to provide another host plant for the local fritillary butterflies.

Some of the ivy just gets cut back, leaving a canopy so that birds can eat the berries in the winter.

Lately the American robins feast on the berries every morning.

This one watched me for a while before resuming its meal.

Now eating a berry.

You can see part of the berry in the robin's open beak.

The berry is almost swallowed.


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