The photograph of Champagne grapes, also known as Black Corinth or Zante Currant, which is atop this entry comes from a web-page within naturesproduce.com
. Their page states this fruit is "a variety of grape that is grown in clusters that produce very small diameter grapes. It is a seedless grape that provides a very sweet flavor for salads, appetizers or as a snack with cheese. The stem, which is also very tiny and tender, is often consumed with the grape rather than attempting to detach the small connector from the main stem. This grape is very small, sweet and crisp. Wonderful as a garnish on cheese trays and a nice touch for fruit baskets."
While all of this may be true, I have found that this food is for the birds
, especially those who happen to be an American robin
I had that honor of witnessing an adult robin sharing a Champagne grape with his/her youngster (albeit after the little one begged) while they were in my rooftop garden
which happens to be the setting for my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak.
Photo-ops of my observations of robins enjoying Champagne grapes can be seen directly below.
This is my first time offering Champagne grapes to my visiting birds, over the years I have offered "standard" grapes (both red as well as green grapes), however, robins did not take to the green grapes, especially if he/she had an option...
...as for red grapes, robins of all ages enjoyed them but they often had trouble handling the reglar sized grape, as evidenced below in pictures taken recdntly and in by gone years.
I suppose I could cut up the larger grapes to make it easier for them. I still might do that if Champagne grapes aren't available, especially during inclement weather. For instead of them pecking away at a large grape or try to hold it in their beak, I should, for all the joy they give me, let them eat Champagne grapes.
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