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English Ivy: Berry Good for Birds

By Garry Rogers @Garry_Rogers

English ivy: berry good for birds

Shelter, foodstuff, pollen source … ivy is so valuable to wildlife, even though it is maligned by many a gardener
On Sunday I watched a blackbird almost strip an ivy of its berries, gobbling each one whole in a few, satisfying gulps.


GR:  Of Eurasian origin, English Ivy grows well in the arid climate in central Arizona where I live.  It requires supplemental water, and does not replace native plants.  Several sparrows roost beneath the leaves and try a berry now and then.  Northern Flickers eat the berries when it’s too cold for ants to be out.

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