Date: 3/6/18 3:37 pm From: Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] adult male Red-naped Sapsucker! western Albemarle
I brief thought I figured I could add here for the instance in which one might be replanting their garden (after construction or this winter's hard weather maybe).
I just read some excerpts from a great book I have by Douglas Tallamy called *Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants* (I recommend the book to anyone on the listserv).
According to him, many non-natives do provide great shelter and nesting habitat for birds, but are less commonly edible for insects at the bottom of the chain, and often directly less edible to birds. So yes, non-natives can be *great *for birds, but, he cautions, where a non-native fills the needs of shelter and nesting habitat (2/3), a native can fill the need of food as well, making it a 3/3!
On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 9:49 AM, Marlene A Condon via va-bird < <va-bird...> wrote:
> > Yes, I have Autumn Olive, and it's a WONDERFUL wildlife plant. I planted > it 32 years ago, and have never found it to spread into my gardens with > good soil. It's a plant that grows well in poor soil, which is why people > come along decades after cow fields have been unused and find it growing > well. They don't grasp that it came in over decades, behaving as a pioneer > plant along with the Eastern Red-cedar. > > I suggest folks read about it here: > > http://www.crozetgazette.com/2017/08/03/the-blue-ridge- > naturalist-this-buds-for-you/ > > Also, there is a LOT of misunderstanding about so-called invasive plants. > You could learn more here: > > http://www.crozetgazette.com/2015/06/04/blue-ridge- > naturalist-invasive-plants-invaluable-to-degraded-environment/ > > > In a message dated 3/5/2018 11:34:07 PM US Eastern Standard Time, > <byrdnyrd33...> writes: > > > You have Autumn Olive in your nature-friendly garden? For educational > purposes, I would suggest that others look up this plant. I had never > heard of it until some plant people were talking about it at the > Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal a year or so ago. > Well worth reading up on for those who don't know of it. > http://blueridgeprism.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/ > Autumn-Olive-Factsheet-5-24-17-VDOF-w-BOX.pdf > > On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 10:06 AM, Marlene A Condon via va-bird < > <va-bird...> wrote: > Have had another rare migratory yard bird at The Nature-friendly Garden > (I've had several over the years, including a male Kirtland's Warbler 3 > years ago--whether anyone wants to believe it or not). > > Have been seeing an adult male Red-naped Yellow-bellied Sapsucker this > morning in our Autumn Olives and Photinias! > > Sincerely, > Marlene > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <byrdnyrd33...> If you wish > to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit > https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird *** > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <sheagordontiller...> If you > wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit > https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird *** > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <lists...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***