Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Started Early

The morning before Thanksgiving, I went to the grocery store to buy some last minute ingredients for our Thanksgiving meal.  However, when I returned home, I found that the feast had already started.


A whole flock of Robins had descended on my Winterberry Holly bushes and were busy gobbling up as many berries as they could get their little beaks on.  
Apparently, the Thanksgiving feast had started early this year.


There must have been around twenty birds on my two little bushes.
Of course, with so much family at the dinner table, there were bound to be a few squabbles.


As much as I couldn't begrudge the Robins their Thanksgiving feast, it was rather sad to see all the berries go even before Christmas.  Last year they were my natural holiday decorations. 

my Winterberries last December
After the horde of Robins left, only a few, sad clumps of berries remained.
What can I say?

my Winterberries this year
I guess the early bird gets all the berries!


For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, I wish you safe travels, and a warm and happy holiday with your loved ones!  And may all of us be thankful for our blessings.

13 comments:

  1. Great Robin shots! Aren't they entertaining?! I love the photo of the two squawking at each other! I noticed most of my berries are gone early this year, too. I wonder what that means? (I mean, beyond the fact that the birds were hungry... ;-)

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    1. Maybe after last year's terrible winter, they decided they'd better get food while the getting's good! Interesting that your berries are going more quickly too.

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  2. Too bad the berries didn't last till Christmas this year--so pretty! But then again, the robins deserved a Thanksgiving feast, too. Cute photos! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Indie.

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    1. Thanks, we had a great Thanksgiving here with family and friends. I hope you had a wonderful one, too!

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  3. The berries in my garden are also almost all eaten. It seems this is a year of tasteful berries or hungry birds.Or both.

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    1. Maybe they're extra sweet this year? :)

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  4. I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving with fewer squabbles than the robins! Your photo of the two birds fussing at each other made me laugh. I got a similar photo recently, only to realize it was way out of focus!

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    1. Thankfully, yes! :) This photo is slightly out of focus when you blow it up, sadly, but works enough for the blog. I've been going through all my kids' photos lately, and I am always so sad at the number of photos I've taken that would be beautiful had they been in focus. That's why I just take lots!

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  5. Fabulous robin photos, Indie. I'm glad to say they stay around my garden all winter. P. x

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    1. Thanks! I don't remember seeing robins during the winter up here last year. It was such a long winter, though, that I sure don't blame them for moving south!

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  6. Very nice captures Indie. I always feel sorry for the Robins that miss flying south when the snow falls. They really do descend on any of the trees and shrubs with berries. We had them all last year in winter and I could not imagine what they were eating by the end of winter. I am glad your robins had a nice Thanksgiving, even the ones fighting at the dinner table.

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    1. I wonder as well. Last winter was so hard on the birds, poor things!

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  7. I rarely have a berry in my wildlife garden as the robins and others gobble them up. I am finally catching up as I was visiting family for almost 2 weeks.

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