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, June 29, 2014
Where in the world did those green parrots come from?
For several years,
Denton has been home to groups of totally wild Monk Parakeets. They’re in
several places in northeast Denton, and their range is slowly expanding to other parts of north Texas. It’s the most widespread parakeet (it's actually
a parrot) in the country, and the only species that builds a large, communal
nest (some weighing up to several hundred pounds). First-time viewers often think it's someone's pet that escaped. But it’s not native to the
U.S., and probably escaped from a broken crate (or similar) when it was smuggled into a port somewhere (nobody knows for sure)Actually, the only two parrot
species native to this country are both extinct.
have no bananas Butterflies love spoiled bananas – don’t ask me why. They also go for
mushy fruit like over-ripe pears and peaches. (but don’t leave them outside too long or
you may have other visitors). This is what becomes of fruit if nature takes its
course – animals eat some and the rest nourishes the soil.
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 the 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