Our tree is also a favorite with many wildlife species that spend time near the house – and not just for the apples it bears in early fall, but for the insects it attracts in the spring and summer and the pollen and nectar in the flowers. Although we like our Mac's fruit, for wildlife any variety of apple tree will do.
For a few hours on a couple of days this spring I’ve occupied a chair with a view out the front window and taken camera in hand when various species appeared in the tree. Many of the photographs were taken through the two panes of glass in the insulated window so they leave something to be desired – but they do show how valuable apple trees are to wildlife. Here are some of the photos –
|Baltimore Oriole - immature male|
|Common Eastern Bumble Bee|
If you ever have the opportunity, consider planting an apple tree.