For the Birds
We have had so many birds in our yard this year, from large, white-tail hawks now in their 3rd mating season, to tiny ruby throated hummingbirds, who drink endlessly from the flowers and the hummingbird feeders.
The birds come to our yard from all over to eat, where they mostly enjoy seed heads from the Coneflowers, nectar from the many Agastache, Salvia, Penstemon, Red-Birds-in-a-Tree, Yarrows and other waterwise, western perennials. No pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers are used in the yard so the birds can eat safely.
The more than 8 types of woodpeckers find food in the Ponderosa Pines and the Gambel Oak trees. During the winter they eat from several suet feeders hung around the house on the hanging basket hooks.
Some of the birds that show up in our yard are not so welcome. We have many Magpies which steal dog food, make messes, and are very loud. The crows, ravens, and black birds could also leave without me missing them. I could easily do without having them around, but they are part of nature too, so I guess they should be allowed to stay.