I live a stone's throw from the Willamette River, behind me are a few real nice houses almost mansions, in front of me is a light industrial area and in the middle is my house and a line of others along Front Street near downtown Salem, small and modest. We all share the vegetation that was here before any of us were. I have cultivated that vegetation in the little yard at the side of my house. That yard is not much bigger than a very large living room
My front yard has an impenetrable screen of native woody shrubs and 3 Olive trees that I planted 8-10 years ago and I get a few olives in the fall. The back yard is a mess that I cannot deal with with this year in the time of my nerve cord injury, but it is private and no one but me can see in so it's alright...
My side yard has Corylus as a screen on the far side, then Western Sword Fern, wild Blueberry, Lady Fern, Willamette Valley Aster blooming now, Oxalis, Evergreen Huckleberry and several native forbs like Waterleaf and others. This afternoon, every time I look out there, I see two, three or more SWAINSON'S THRUSHES. The Corylus shrub/trees seem full of them. I sometimes but seldom see SWTH in my yard in spring/summer. The yard is full of them this cool late fall afternoon. Some are eating the flowers/fruits of the Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium sp)
I think I am seeing a little piece of Swainson's Thrush migration right here beside me