Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Bells for the Birds

Well, I confess,

I always thought the little caps of snow that adorn mountain ash berries in winter

make the berries look just like Christmas bells for the birds.

Hey, birds need Christmas bells, too, right? ;-)


The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Birds definitely need Christmas bells! I adore your red ash berries capped in fluffy white snow. My possumhaw hollies are dripping in berries, but they are not adorned with such beauty! Merry Christmas to you, yours and your birdie friends!

miss m (InfG) said...

So wonderfully festive !
I can't recall my moutain ash not bearing fruit over winter but this year, it's totally bare. The robins went on a berry rampage back in September. There's nothing left !

Terra said...

You are clever to imagine the berries as bells for the birds at Christmas.
Mountain ash is such a good choice to plant for birds and for beauty year round.
This Christmas I am keeping my black sunflower seed feeder stocked for our songbirds. The song sparrows especially love the seeds.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I have always heard that a over abundance of berries means a hard winter. Really hope that it is not true. We have ton's of them.

Great shots.


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous shots of juicy berries!!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Very imaginative! They do look like bells!

The Garden Ms. S said...

GHT: Having holly berries sounds delightful. I really like knowing there is food out there for the birds, particularly the Bohemian Waxwings who come through in great flocks in the winter. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Miss m: Hungry robins! Who can resist them. At least you know they were well stocked for their journey. :)

Terra: Welcome, and thanks for stopping by! Good for you for feeding the songbirds. My dad has a birdfeeder in a spruce just outside his kitchen window and he watches the antics of the birds all winter. It’s really such a joy to see them.

MBD: Hi Jen, I have one ash loaded with berries and one that is almost bare. Maybe that speaks to the contrasting extremes of our fall and winter so far?

AAG: Thank you! I am just amazed at the beautiful photography and scenery on your blog – so glad I found it!

EMC: Hi Jackie, There is a little white church in my dad’s town with a mountain ash beside it and that is what it always made me think of. Maybe I will get a pic of that tree beside the church someday. Enjoy the holidays!


I agree it looks like little red bells. Specially for the birds!!

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

Those should be some happy birds!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Absolutely birds need bells too! These are fabulous shots, very festive! Happy Christmas to you, Ms S!

The Garden Ms. S said...

OS&S: Thank you! I know the birds love them!

Jodi: Thank you for stopping by! Happy Christmas to you :-)

sweet bay said...

I agree that birds need Christmas bells too! We have Cedar Waxwings here; I have never seen a Bohemian Waxwing but would love to.

Wishing you a very happy Christmas!