Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Unpaving Paradise: Starting a Wildlife Garden

I make my home on the San Francisco Peninsula - on the crust of Silicon Valley.  Here, where orchards and oak trees once mingled, houses shoulder together, the occasional hedge and obligatory fence dividing the land.

We bought our current home four years ago - lured by the large empty yard full of possibility.  I embraced the blank slate, but bemoaned the lack of life in my new home.  Pollinators were few and far between. Occasionally, a sole scrub jay would stop by the property and rats ran rampant in the ivy but, otherwise, the only life here was ours.  It was lonely.

Four years later, we have had nearly 40 different species of birds visit our yard.  About 2/3s of those are regular visitors and at least four species of birds - Juncos, chickadees, titmice and wrens - nested in our backyard just this year.

A wren sings to welcome evening - and a break from watching the nearby nest.

Continued at The Green Phone Booth ...

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