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, September 14, 2014
Our State bird often pretends to be something else.
A few species of birds are the only living creatures, other
than humans, that can imitate sounds that they weren’t born to produce. This
ability to learn and imitate strange sounds is called verbal mimicry, and the few species of birds that can do it are
called mimics. The most common
mimic in north Texas is our State bird…the Mockingbird. I've heard stories of Mockingbirds mimicking a squeaky screen door, a ringing cell phone and computer dings.
overcrowding, use feeders that minimize contact between birds and provide
additional places to feed. That could mean having several feeders,
planting large clusters of native plants, or both. The most important task, however,
is to keep the feeding sites clean.
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 Denton.