Written by an area Landscape Architect and birdwatcher with over 30 years of experience with landscaping in north Texas: what works and what doesn't. Emphasis on attracting birds to north Texas yards, and reducing required yard maintenance. Tips, trivia and proven advice for a natural, low-cost approach for this unique and sensitive part of the country.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014
You won't find a Hummingbird anywhere but on this side of the planet.
Sunbird (from Africa)
are found only in this hemisphere (North & South America). In Europe,
Africa, Asia and Australia their ecological niche is filled with a relatively small group of birds
called Sunbirds, who also eat nectar. These larger, comparatively clumsy, Sunbirds (who may be colorful) cannot hover, fly
backwards or maneuver well, like our Hummingbirds.
Spring migration is underway,
Roughly 50-million birds die each year
due to lighted communication towers (radio, cell phone etc.), according to the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Dept.Scientists have proven that migrating birds get disoriented by towers
that use steady-burning lights. Birds will circle them endlessly until they
collide with something or drop from exhaustion.But the FCC hasn’t acted yet. The American Bird
Conservancy reports that, in one case, 10,000 dead birds were found beneath one
lighted tower after just one night during migration!
OWEN YOST, in
addition to being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has
lived and worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is a recipient of a
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a
member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International
Federation of Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the
Audubon Society. His office is at Yost87@charter.net in Denton.