Monday, May 21, 2012

A Very Popular Spot

Ever since an obnoxious, overgrown juniper was removed in our northern sector, I've watched a number of birds take a cotton to the increased open space.  It's become quite popular with all of the "scratching birds" such as Chipping Sparrows, robins, towhees, and Mourning Doves.  And I regularly see cardinals, grackles, house finches, and goldfinches pop down to sample the goods.  Some of this is fallen seeds (from the tube feeders directly above), some of this is invertebrates drawn by whatever mess lies on the surface.  As an added bonus, there's no where for an ambush predator to lie and the grounds are concealed from the street, so perhaps there's added security.  We will be adding a sun garden close by, but I think the scratching grounds might just stay for awhile.  It's too much entertainment to close down.

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