do birds eat skimmia berries

We all love to see native birds swoop into the garden, perch on trees, nibble on feed or berries and fly away with their tummy full.Autumn and winter can be harsh months for foragers and it’s nice to incorporate shrubs and trees into your garden which will provide a bounty of berries and nourishing feed.

8. Crab Apple: In addition to being a stunning ornamental addition to your outdoor space, crab apples also heavily crop large quantities of fruit in the autumn and winter. Smaller fruits are easier for birds to eat whole, but they will also peck at the fleas of larger apples. Dramatic floral displays in the spring and often colorful foliage in the summer.

6. Shrub Rose: Rosa rugosa has much larger hips that blackbirds, thrushes, and fieldfares love, while Rosa canina, the dog rose, has smaller hips that are better suited for finches. Both shrub roses are excellent security hedging plants and produce an abundance of fleshy hips that container seeds inside.

12. Depending on the variety you choose to grow, rowan berries can appear on these trees from July to November and persist well into the winter, when blackbirds and starlings are likely to visit.

10. Cornus – Dogwoods are a perfect winter garden plant, distinguished by their fiery hues that warm the surroundings. It is also classified as an RHS shrub that is ideal for pollinators because of its profusion of springtime flowers, which later develop into berries and give our birds an abundance of food.

5. Skimmia: A hardy, evergreen shrub with clusters of pink-tinged flowers in the spring and a thick layer of glossy red berries that persist well into the winter, skimmias are relatively small and can be grown in a large pot on the patio.

Plants trees and shrubs that feed the birds

Skimmia are great and produce delicious berries. This evergreen shrub provides a lovely, multi-sensory display. Lime is disliked by skimmia shrubs, so before making an investment, test your soil.

do birds eat skimmia berries

Holly grows magnificently and yields an abundance of berries. Even though the berries are frequently ripe in the fall, thrushes and blackbirds won’t begin to consume them until the winter.

do birds eat skimmia berries

At CountryLife, we get lots of demand for ornamental crab apples. They feature a fabulous spring blossom and decorative autumn fruits in a variety of colours, sizes and shapes. These apples are very sour to the human taste but birds devour them. Cotoneaster and Gaultheria are options and none of them grow very big so they’re perfect for smaller or container gardens.

do birds eat skimmia berries

Choosing the right feeder

Many modern gardeners will also add feeding stations to help provide an additional source of food during winter. I always recommend placing feeders where you can watch the birds come and go. The most popular feeders are made of steel mesh which makes them perfect for storing peanuts, large seeds or fat balls.

do birds eat skimmia berries

You can also get plastic feeders that have small grooves at the bottom which are perfect for fine seed such as nyjer seed which Finches love. You can also get plastic feeders with two small openings at the bottom which are made for small birds to use.

do birds eat skimmia berries

If squirrels are an issue in your garden you can also get ‘squirrel proof’ feeders which are designed so that small birds can get the food from them but squirrels can’t raid the supply of food. These types of feeders also prevent larger birds such as crows or magpies getting the food.

do birds eat skimmia berries

I think it’s a good idea to have a variety of feeders placed throughout the garden so that you can accommodate various bird species.

FAQ

Is Skimmia poisonous?

All parts of the skimmia plant are considered poisonous. However it is only toxic if large quantities of the plant are ingested. Pests: Spider mites can be problem when skimmia is grown in a hot dry sunny location.

Can birds eat winterberry berries?

Birds that brighten our winter days, like Eastern Bluebirds and American Robins, will eat the fruit on chilly days. Cedar Waxwings and woodpeckers find Winterberries irresistible too. Unlike its iconic cousin, the American Holly used for Christmas decorations, the Winterberry loses its leaves in the fall.

What berries are good for birds?

Berries and small fruits, including blueberries, raspberries, currants, blackberries, mulberries, beautyberries, serviceberries, sumac, holly, juniper, and viburnum are especially popular with many birds. Birds also enjoy other fruits such as oranges, plums, apples, grapes, cherries, crabapples, and prickly pear.

What birds eat pyracantha berries?

The bright red berries are the favorite food of robins and waxwings in winter, with more than 20 species of birds utilizing them for food. The seeds contain a small percentage of cyanide compounds, but nevertheless purple finches (seed predators) rip open the fruits to eat great numbers of them.