Monday, June 2, 2014

The Mystery Bird Raises a Family

Remember the mystery bird that Jean identified as a Carolina wren?

She and her handsome husband decided to raise a family in our yaupon holly:


More insect eaters for the food forest. Awesome.

A lawn is NOT a dynamic ecosystem. It's barely better than a desert.

Gather together a large collection of plants... let weeds grow... don't knock down all the scrub... and you get a much wider and healthier collection of species.

Having places for birds, butterflies, snakes, wasps, frogs, and bees will help your plants grow better and give you endless entertainment.

Grow, little birdies. Grow. Then go eat some dang caterpillars!

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2 Comments:

At January 4, 2015 at 12:19 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Sweet picture. I love your nice words about moving away from the sterile American lawn. And I love watching my own Carolina Wrens around my home too. In addition to the plantings you mention (which are very important) my wrens also seem to really enjoy a brush pile I made for them with lawn litter/fallen tree limbs. Almost every day I see them bouncing around and singing on it, foraging through it, and using it to hide in.

 
At January 5, 2015 at 9:01 AM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

Great idea to make a brush pile for them. They are cheerful little things.

 

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