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Holly berries

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is Holly (Ilex aquifolium) berries.

Technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. They are a popular winter food source for a variety of birds as well as being a traditional Christmas decoration.

These berries were photographed on a mature female tree in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Holly
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Redwing

My Saturday Bird this week is the Redwing (Turdus iliacus), a member of the thrush family. It’s not related to the Red-winged Blackbird native to North America.

The Redwing is native to Europe and the Palearctic and is a winter visitor to the U.K. although a few birds stay to breed in the summer. This individual is eating a Holly berry in a garden in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

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Hawthorn berries

This week the subject of Flora and Fauna Friday is Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) berries although technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. The fruit is also know as a haw.

The Common Hawthorn is native to Europe, northwest Africa and West Asia. These examples were photographed at Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Hawthorn fruit
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Month of Squares

Nine Of A Kind

Nine red berries on the South Bruce Peninsula in the late autumn. Two are mostly hidden by the group of five.

This is my day 9 contribution to Becky’s October Squares challenge on the theme of Kind.

Nine of a Kind: Red Berries
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Cotoneaster berries

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is Cotoneaster horizontalis growing in a garden in Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

The plant is native to western China but it is a popular garden plant in the U.K. where it has become naturalised and may be becoming invasive. The berries are a popular food source for various bird species in the winter.

Cotoneaster horizontalis
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Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Fruits

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Fruits.

Some red berries in the autumn. I was surprised that a bird or mammal species hadn’t eaten them.

Friendly Friday: Fruit

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CFFC: 5+ Items

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 5+ Items.

As the challenge is 5+ I decided to go with a selection of six photos.

5+ young Eurasian Blue Tits.

Almost ready to leave the nestbox.

 

5+ tree trunks.

Tree trunks in the autumn.

 

5+ Common Merganser ducklings.

Ducks in a row.

 

5+ Borage seeds.

Borage plant seeds.

 

5+ red berries.

A group of red berries.

 

5+ American White Pelicans.

Feeding party of American White Pelicans.