|Before and After (2008-2012)|
One of the benefits has been a very noticeable increase in the wildlife that frequents the yard. The birds especially love the new trees, and enjoy digging around in the groundcover. I notice more and more wildlife each year.
Just the other day, I was pruning my Red-flowering currants (after the bloom), and there were lots of young ladybugs crawling around.
And a few weeks ago, I noticed a pair of Bushtits hopping around one of my Cascara trees - just as they were starting to leaf out.
They're cute little birds - known for their acrobatic ways.
I think they were looking for insects on the new leaves. And they seemed to appreciate the suet feeder, too.
I see the pair all the time now, flitting between this tree and a larger tree in a neighbors yard. I think they must be nesting nearby, if not in that neighbor's tree. I've been meaning to go look for the nest. I recently saw a Bushtit's sock-like nest when I joined one of the Backyard Bird Shop's nature walks, out at Smith and Bybee Lakes. Here's a picture I took of the nest...
The nest is made from grasses, spider webs, and other soft materials, and I'm told if you happen to come across a nest with chicks in it, you can tell by all the wiggling.
Another recent happening in the yard...
Bark mulch thievery!
After settling on a piece, the thief would take it up to the power line and go through a shredding process with beak and foot, before flying off to a large conifer where I assume they're nesting.
It can be fun getting to know your non-human neighbors!