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Winter Visitors by Peter Earl

Posted by sheiladearing on 09 Nov 2011 at 12:40 PM

The first fieldfares have just arrived at Rosemoor. They move south from Scandinavia to escape the worst of the weather, and spend the winter months with us. They are big thrushes with grey heads and backs and you often see them in flocks with Redwings, another colourful, winter visiting thrush.

One of their favourite trees to feed in when they arrive here is the Malus baccata or Siberian crab apple. We have a fine specimen just below the veg. garden, it’s a big tree which looks stunning in spring when it is smothered in fragrant white blossom and now it is covered in small red apples; ideal food for our blackbirds and thrushes as well as our visiting fieldfares who will gorge themselves for several weeks in readiness for the harsh winter to come.

 Malus baccata blossom.

 Malus baccata fruit

So Malus baccata, as well as being a fine specimen tree is also a valuable food source for our overwintering blackbirds and thrushes.

PETER EARL

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