I’ve chronicled my love of Shad or Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) trees and their flowers and fruit as well as my rivals for the fruit, the local birds. Not many people eat the berries but I find them to have a delicious and unique flavor.
As the Shad fruit has ripened the birds include not only Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) but also Hairy (Picoides villosus) and Downy Woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens) and Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus)! Tough competition for a few berries.
The birds have been so busy on the two larger trees, they have thus far left a new, smaller one alone. The fruit is both beautiful and delicious!