Remember the mystery bird that Jean identified as a Carolina wren?
She and her handsome husband decided to raise a family in our yaupon holly:
More insect eaters for the food forest. Awesome.
A lawn is NOT a dynamic ecosystem. It’s barely better than a desert.
Gather together a large collection of plants… let weeds grow… don’t knock down all the scrub… and you get a much wider and healthier collection of species.
Having places for birds, butterflies, snakes, wasps, frogs, and bees will help your plants grow better and give you endless entertainment.
Grow, little Carolina wren babies… grow. Then go eat some dang caterpillars!
To start identifying birds in your neck of the woods, it’s hard to go wrong starting with Audubon!
Sweet picture. I love your nice words about moving away from the sterile American lawn. And I love watching my own Carolina Wrens around my home too. In addition to the plantings you mention (which are very important) my wrens also seem to really enjoy a brush pile I made for them with lawn litter/fallen tree limbs. Almost every day I see them bouncing around and singing on it, foraging through it, and using it to hide in.
Great idea to make a brush pile for them. They are cheerful little things.