Well, I have been way from the blog for far too long. It is amazing what a profound effect having people make unkind comments has, it is like being burned by a hot stove and never wanting to approach it again. I have decided that cruel and unstable people do not get to control me.
A few days ago we noticed that the number of small birds in our yards seems to have increased radically, not quite exponentially. We hang two big feeders, each will hold 3 quarts of black oil sunflower seeds. All winter, we had to fill them about every three days. All of a sudden, they are being emptied in one 24 hour period.
Also, I noticed that the number of birds hopping around on the ground and in the trees and shrubs seems to have increased from lots to dozens and dozens. The elm trees are blooming, and there are finches all over them, eating the elm seeds. (My hope is that they eat ALL of them, as every year I have to weed hundreds of volunteer elm trees out of my gardens.
What is going on?
Well, the fact is we have a housing crisis for small birds in the neighborhood. There is a place about 400 or 500 feet from here where there are new owners. Now granted, the property they bought was very overgrown, and they have every right to clear the elms and massive quantities of grape vines, virginia creeper and other stuff that has slowly inched its way towards their house. They probably are going to replant once the area is cleaned up, sort of like what we have done on our east property line.
But at the moment, there are hundreds of little finches, sparrows, wrens, juncos and other birds that like dense woodsy shrubs who have summarily been evicted from their homes without warning. They have found their way here and have found the proprietors to be willing to provide their needs.
And so, The Havens earns its name once again. A population in crisis has found a place with shelther and food to get them by.