Thursday, June 16, 2016

Take It To The Tree


Our plum tree is loaded this year and the fruit is huge! I've been waiting for them to ripen and noticed that they were turning yellow. "Oh my gosh", I thought, "they are going bad before we ever get to pick them". I didn't know, but found out later that the yellow ones are the ripe ones. HaHa! Steep learning curve, here, apparently.

I'm going to apologize now for the poor quality of the photos below, but I was in a hurry to capture the moment and they ended up being sort of blurry. 


Anyway, it appears that our feathered friends know better than me. This blackbird had a hankering for some sweet fruit. He picked up a plum from the ground and took it over to the side walk and dropped it there. Now mind you, the front yard and sidewalk slopes down towards the lake.

So, when he dropped the plum it rolled. He trotted after it, grabbed it and dropped it back on the sidewalk in a different spot....and, it rolled again. It was so funny!

So then, he would hold it with one of his feet in order to get a bite and once he let go, it would roll again. HaHa!

Finally, he said to heck with this and picked up the plum and flew into the tree. I guess his learning curve wasn't as steep as mine.

In the end, he got his fill of the sweet plum and learned a valuable lesson....round plums roll down sloping sidewalks, so just go ahead and take it to the tree.


Laurie

30 comments:

  1. I've never heard of a yellow plum before! Do they taste the same? Lucky you having a plum tree..that sounds wonderful!

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    1. I had never heard of them before, either. Yes, they taste basically the same. The flesh is sweet and the skin is a bit tart. Of course, I spit the skin out. HaHa! The plum tree was planted by the previous owner. I'm finding out all sorts of things this year that have alluded me previously. Such as....Cliff found a young pecan tree right in the back yard. I've cut grass around that tree lots of times and never noticed that it was a pecan tree. I wonder how long before we get nuts.

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  2. I didn't know there were yellow plums..I would have wondered about the fruit too! Do you do anything with all fruit..like jams or canning them?

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    1. The yellow plum is new to me, too. The previous owner planted it. I haven't done anything yet, but I want to make some jam for sure.

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    1. HaHa! Well, he is black. Do you mean black bird instead of blackbird? Okay, Mr. Bird Man, what is it? Blackbird, Crow or is it a Boat Tailed Grackle?

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  4. My parents used to have a yellow plum tree. They are delicious!
    Life is a learning curve, even for birds ;)

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    1. The bird caught on quick. He was back today, picked up a plum and flew straight to the tree.

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  5. I have seen yellow plums on sale at the market but I'm not a lover of plums. Not as much as your black bird! You have to give him full marks for being persistent!

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    1. The yellow plums are new to me. I really like them, too. So sweet! The bird? Yes, persistent he was.

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  6. Oh, my! Your tale of the plum and the bird . . . That must have been hysterical to watch!

    My mouth is watering thinking of those sweet, yellow plums. They would make a lovely dessert in winter canned in a light syrup.

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    1. It was so funny to watch. I wondered what was going through his mind each time the plum rolled away. I just ordered a Ball canning book that promises lots of good recipes. Hopefully, I'll find one for plums.

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  7. Lucky duck .What gorgeus shots of the fruits!
    The birds eat all my service berries if I don't get to them first!

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    1. I sure felt lucky, when I figured out we inherited a plum tree from the previous owners. I've never had service berries. What do they taste like?

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  8. I love the yellow ones. In the upstate, the yellow ones are larger and sweeter. Many years ago, I made plum wine from a large batch of the yellow ones - very sweet, a dessert wine, for sure!

    Jim Fowler, Greenville, SC

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    1. Oh yeah, some of these plums are getting close to the size of a baseball....larger than a golf ball, for sure. Hmmm, plum wine, I bet it was sweet.

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  9. Oh that is funny! Beautiful plums...made my mouth water.

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    1. It's making mine water, too. HaHa!

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  10. How lucky to have a plum tree in your garden! I'd love to have fruit trees on my property - perhaps some day!

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    1. Thanks! We inherited it when we bought the house. It was an awesome surprise. You have a great place for fruit trees!

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  11. If I were you, I would write a children's book about this crow and the rolling plum!
    Recipe for you, cut the puma into chunks and cook them with sugar until they are cooked down. Strain and let the liquid cool. Put in freezer bag and use over cake or ice cream. I did this one year with red plums and my son said they saooked like bags of blood! LOL!!

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    1. Yum....that sounds good. I may do a batch like that. Thanks, Kay. A book, huh? I'll think about it. Lol!

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  12. HA! I had to put my glasses on for the first photo of your intruder...I thought you had captured a Big Foot from a distance! Too fun, that bird of yours. Glad you figured out the plums before they DID go bad. Happy Summer, Laurie - XOXO

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    1. HaHa! Big Foot? I would have screamed like a girl! Yeah, that crazy bird was back the next day, too. He picked up a plum off the ground and headed to the tree. LOL!!

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    1. It was fun to watch. I got a good giggle out of it.

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