Thursday, February 26, 2009

Don't let the contractors take all your brushpiles; the birds won't forgive you

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of mockingbird on brushpile at World Peace Wetland Prairie on February 25, 2009,

The more buds you spot on the ends of small limbs the more likely these limbs are the ones to keep on your property if you want plenty of song birds to be in your neighborhood when spring comes. You might also try to convince your neighbors to preserve some similar brushpiles on their property. And urging neighbors to preserve ice-damaged trees on their property also will help.
Many won't understand. But every property owner who keeps a brush pile or resists pressure to cut down a damaged tree can make a difference in the reproductive success of song birds in the coming spring.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As long as our city's code-enforcement division hands out a coloring book to kids making a brush pile in the yard sound like the work of the devil, you won't win this.
You are right, of course, brushpiles in the yard and untrimmed bushes are where the songbirds prosper. But even the police tell people to trim the brush around their houses to foil burglars.
Heck, the rose vines and bushes around my windows PROTECT us from burglars. Those guys don't like thorns in their butts!