squirrel pie and mulberry squeezins

It is mulberry season!

The ripe fruit is edible and is widely used in pies, tarts, wines, cordials and tea. The fruit of the black mulberry, native to southwest Asia, and the red mulberry, native to eastern North America, have the strongest flavor. *

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Oh so many lush berries.

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I wonder why we thought it a brilliant idea to place the picnic tables under the mulberry tree?

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All that icky stuff constantly has to be cleaned off, and the fact that the garden hose doesn’t reach that far means it doesn’t get cleaned often enough.

For a week or two each year this tree is a hub of unbelievable activity.  I swear to you, birds travel for miles around to come pluck this ripe fruit.  Forget trying to make pies, or jams or Squeezin’s.  The wildlife gets it all before I have a chance.

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The Darlins made mulberry squeezins, and Barney got gassed on it once.

The Cedar waxwing thinks the berry to be devine.

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I think he looks like he is wearing cool rock-n-roll sunglasses

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The Thrasher gets some action too.

The Woodpecker – I love that plumage.

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Oh and here comes Willie the squirrel and his cousins Earl and Minnie Pearl.

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Perhaps the best entertainment comes from watching Mr. Bonez (aka Buddyru) watching all the activity.

He thinks he invisible while hiding in the tall weeds ornamental grass.

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See you later, Bye!

Kim

* source Wiki