[Tweeters] question/Nandina is poisonous to birds.

Diane Weinstein Diane_Weinstein at msn.com
Mon May 1 15:08:12 PDT 2017

In your post you mentioned planting some rescued Nandina. A few years back, I recall reading an email from somewhere saying that the berries from Nandina Domestica are poisonous to birds. I had a few plants in my yard and ended up removing them.

I just checked Wikipedia and they say:

"All parts of the plant are poisonous, containing compounds that decompose[5]<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandina#cite_note-5>[6]<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandina#cite_note-6> to produce hydrogen cyanide<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_cyanide>, and could potentially be fatal if ingested. The plant is placed in Toxicity Category 4, the category "generally considered non-toxic to humans,"[7]<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandina#cite_note-7> but the berries are considered toxic to cats and grazing animals.[8]<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandina#cite_note-8> Excessive consumption of the berries will kill birds such as Cedar Waxwings.[9]<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandina#cite_note-9>"

Diane Weinstein



From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu <tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu> on behalf of Vicki Biltz <vickibiltz at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, May 1, 2017 8:03 AM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] question about cable on decking rail, and birds...

Hi All,
Our deck is needing to be completely replaced this summer, and we are looking at the railing with the cable that runs vertically instead of actual support posts.
But before we make that expensive plunge, I am wondering if anyone has ever had much trouble with birds getting tangled in the vertical cable.
Its often a crazy flight over our heads and around us as they zoom here and there, and our deck can get really busy, even tho the only feeders we have on it are the hummers.
For nice birds, we had a Pacific Slope, Yellow Rump, Black throated Gray Warblers, , and huge numbers of very busy hummingbirds.
Thursday we planted a total of 7 more trees, 5 blueberry bushes, three Honey Berry, and some rescued Nandina, as well have moving things about, and planting a huge variety of other. So, our once barren half acre back yard is now going to tie in nicely to the 5 acre forest, and I hope that we will see the Pileateds coming to visit the feeders. They have a lot of food in the forest, but its nice to see them up close and personal.
We were able to spend a few days in Madera Canyon (one day) and a day at Mt Lemmon, in the Tuscon area, my husband got his first good looks at Red Faced Warblers, and Elf Owls, of which I was able to photograph...see my flickr link, if ya want, no big deal if you don't.
It was my first time in the area since nearly 20 years ago, when Shirley Sakerajasingham was kind enough to take me for at least five days, and getting some great birds...We ended up with friends so my time was limited on birding. (Next time we are going to sneak into the area, and not even tell family, and get to Ramsey Canyon and all those yummy spots...)

Happy Birding, as our time has finally fallen upon us and we can once again enjoy the beauty of our feathered migratory friends...
Vicki Biltz
Buckley, WA
PO Box 7241
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
vickibiltz at gmail.com<mailto:vickibiltz at gmail.com>

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