Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It's Berry Time In The City



This past Thursday I went to the greenmarket at Tucker Square, and a representative for GrowNYC, the organization that oversees the greenmarkets throughout the city, took the second photograph atop today's blog entry. I was so caught up in complimenting him on his sign, that I forgot to ask his name so that I could give him a photo credit. Because I go to that market on a regular basis. I hope to see him again and then give him a nod (in cyber space) for taking this image for me. In any event, while I was there, I told him (as well as a grower that happened to be standing nearby), how much pleasure I got in providing berries for the American Robins who have been visiting my urban (rooftop) garden — which is something I wrote about this in a recent blog post, "Serving The Frugivores."   

The grower begged to differ about deriving pleasure in seeing birds eat blueberries. She explained that she goes to great lengths to prevent  birds from having access to her blueberries. A bit of serendipity for the NYC birds that visit my garden: The grower covers her blueberries with nets and traps to keep the birds away, then she brings her blueberries to the city, where I buy them, and use them to feed the bird types that she tries to keep away!


In the aforementioned post, I also discussed how much Northern mockingbirds enjoy the berries too, and I love it when any bird enjoys my provisions, but at this time, I've gotten a lot of pleasure of observing a young robin discovering  blueberries, which is something you might understand upon seeing the little one indulging in blueberries in my garden (first image above and the picture below).


I often wonder if the young bird knows that I am the one providing the berries? It often seem as if he/she is looking at me as evidenced by the images below.



It's hard to know if the robin identifies me or associates me with the one who is providing the berries, but he/she does seem to be doing some people-ing at a very young age.

Readers of Cam's (a female cardinal whose an author) book, "Words In Our Beak Volume One,"  (pictured below) will  probably recall that the term, "people-ing," was invented by Cam as a way to describe the activity of birds watching people.


And as this little robin observes his/her surroundings, I observe what a quick learner he/she seems to be! At such a young stage in life, this bird is already preening. 






But getting back to my providing berries for birds, I must say that my avian  friends provide me with much more!



Unfortunately, the robins don't often sing when they are, which is a topic, I discussed when this bird type first appeared. I guess they're not apt to sing with a blueberry in their beak, which makes me suspect that if one of them were to write a book such as Cam did, they would modify her title, "Words In Our Beak,'' and call their narrative, "Blueberries In Our Beak."

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