RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1876. Cherry blossoms. Nature. A Weekly Illustrated Journal of Science 14 (11 May): 28.

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned, text prepared and edited by John van Wyhe 2003-8. RN2

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Cherry Blossoms

IN the last number of NATURE (vol. xiv , p 10), Mr Pryor1 states that the flowers of the wild cherry are bitten off in large numbers in much the same manner as I formerly described in the case of the primrose. Some days ago I observed many cherry blossoms in this state, and to day I saw some actually falling I approached stealthily so as to discover what bird was at work, and behold it was a squirrel. There could be no doubt about it for the squirrel was low in the tree and actually had a blossom between its teeth. It is none the less true that birds likewise bite the flowers of the cherry tree.


Down, Beckenham, May 6

1 Alfred Reginald Pryor (1839-1881), botanist. Pryor 1876.

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