So why my yard?

So why my yard?
I get a lot of comments about how cool it is that I have the large variety of birds in the yard. I get a lot of questions as to why my yard and not their yard. I even have people wanting to visit, camp out and even move in with us! As to visiting, camping out or moving in…can you operate a push mower, vacuum, and do dishes…
So why do the birds visit? First, we live at almost 3000 feet in elevation on a mountain, with lots of woods around us. Our mountain is the beginning of the Appalachian Mountains north of Atlanta, and many of the migratory birds stop here on the way North, some decided to stay for the summer. Many of the migrant birds are attracted to the environment we have created or restored. When our house was built, years before we purchased it, the immediate land around it was cleared. We have simply planted or allowed plants to grow that offer cover and food sources for the birds. We have lots of flowers that bloom all summer, and we keep bees, which pollinate the flowers, but also attract other insects. The Warblers, Vireo and Tanagers love to eat the insects that are attracted to the flowers. We don’t use any commercial pesticides, insecticides or herbicides, we use elbow grease and sometimes a vinegar and Epsom salt solution. The “ugly” web worm nests in the trees…well they offer great food sources to birds both in their young stages and when they become moths each spring. In a nutshell, we allow nature to be nature. The less interference we do, the better the environment around us does on its own.
That is a valuable lesson, the less we do to interfere with nature, the better it does on its own.
Worm-eating Warbler, Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3200, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

2 Responses to “So why my yard?”

  1. Curious how you use vinegar and Epson salt? I’ve a milkweed that’s really not the healthiest this year but still has eggs, cats and monarchs. A nursery told me to use a spray but I want the monarchs. Not aphids or other plant eating critters. Except for monarchs. Lol

    • lilybug1960 Says:

      It will pretty much kill the plant so probably not good for the milkweed. I mix the vinegar and Epsom salts 2 parts vinegar and 1 part salt, let it dissolve and then apply. The vinegar opens the pours and the salt will kill the plant.

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