|Approximate path of new trails (in part)|
I took a walk around one of the trails the other day behind the garden, what we used to refer to as the leaf pile. Things have drastically changed and I'm assuming they will still change more. The fantastic thicket that was made up of golden rod and multiflora rose has been largely clear cut. This thicket in the past has yielded some great birds including, Wilson's Warbler, Brown Thrasher, and other late lingerers. Although multiflora rose is an invasive, it does provide some great cover and is an excellent food source for wildlife, especially during the winter.
|Area that was clear cut at base of gardens.|
|The pink is the path I took (heading clockwise), the brown blob|
is my guess of the clearcut as of my walk (27 November 2013)
|Chickadee working on a rose hip from remaining thicket|
|European Starlings and Brown-headed Cowbirds thrive in edge and disturbed habitat.|
B-h Cowbirds are nest parasites that may be reducing certain songbird populations
due to increased nest access from habitat fragmentation.
Here are the birds I did find while I was walking.
|This Downy Woodpecker,|
a bird most people associate
with trees, explores
a little thicket patch.
|American Robins like the easy snacks the clear cutting |
has made available.