Persimmon Picnic

December 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

As persimmons ripen in December, here in the Bay Area,  birds flock to feed on the sweet fruit. The feeding opportunity for a given tree typically lasts just a few days, during which time the fruit is soft and at peak ripeness. It’s fun to visit some local trees during this time to see who shows up.

A persimmon tree presents a rather difficult photographic challenge, as the structure consists of a complex web of branches which require shooting around or through.  Still, I find that capturing the variety of species is ample reward. Below are 20 species which I’ve managed to photograph feeding on persimmons, some of which might surprise you.


Ruby-crowned Kinglet:

Ruby-crowned KingletRuby-crowned KingletPicchetti Ranch, Cupertino, CA

Annna’s Hummingbird:

Anna's HummingbirdAnna's HummingbirdPicchetti Ranch, Cupertino, CA

Nuttall’s Woodpecker:

Nuttall's Woodpecker, feeding on persimmonNuttall's Woodpecker, feeding on persimmonLos Altos, CA

Red-breasted Sapsucker:

Red-breasted SapsuckerRed-breasted SapsuckerPicchetti Ranch, Cupertino, CA

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker:

Yellow-bellied SapsuckerYellow-bellied SapsuckerLos Altos, CA

Northern Flicker:


WrentitWrentitPicchetti Ranch, Cupertino, CA

Chestnut-backed Chickadee:

Chestnut-backed ChickadeeChestnut-backed ChickadeeLos Altos, CA

American Crow:

American CrowAmerican CrowPicchetti Ranch, Cupertino, CA

California Towhee:

California TowheeCalifornia TowheePicchetti Ranch, Cupertino, CA

Spotted Towhee:

Spotted TowheeSpotted TowheePicchetti Ranch, Cupertino, CA

White-crowned Sparrow:

White-crowned Sparrow, atop half-eaten persimmonWhite-crowned Sparrow, atop half-eaten persimmonSanta Cruz, CA

Golden-crowned Sparrow:

Golden-crowned SparrowGolden-crowned SparrowPicchetti Ranch, Cupertino, CA

House Finch:

House FinchHouse FinchPicchetti Ranch, Cupertino, CA

Song Sparrow:

Song SparrowSong SparrowPicchetti Ranch, Cupertino, CA

Yellow-rumped Warbler:

Yellow-rumped Warbler, feeding on persimmonYellow-rumped Warbler, feeding on persimmonLos Altos, CA

American Robin :

American RobinAmerican Robin

Cedar Waxwing:

Western Scrub-Jay:

Western Scrub-JayWestern Scrub-JayLos Altos, CA

European Starling:

European Starling, eating persimmonEuropean Starling, eating persimmonSanta Cruz, CA

Downy Woodpecker

Townsend's Warbler:

Townsend's Warbler, feeding on persimmonsTownsend's Warbler, feeding on persimmonsCupertino, CA

Acorn Woodpecker:

Acorn Woodpecker, feeding on persimmonAcorn Woodpecker, feeding on persimmonLos Altos, CA

Dark-eyed Junco:

Dark-eyed JuncoDark-eyed JuncoLos Altos, CA


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