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.
Some folks still think suet is for wintertime
only. They believe the old myth that in the summer it might melt or be unappealing.That’s true of basic suet (animal fat) from a
butcher shop, popular in the early 1900s.But packaged suet today is
formulated to have a melting point of around 110-degrees. So it’s perfect for
Jays, Woodpeckers, Titmice, Chickadees and lots of other north Texas birds, now and all summer long. (They’re
hungry all year!)
If the temperature stays over 110, you're likely to have bigger problems than what to feed the birds.
It takes a village.... The young, male Indigo Bunting
alters its song to match what it hears from older Buntings in the same area. So
small pockets of Indigo Buntings (often
seen around here) will all sing very similar songs…with a very localized
“flavor”. Youngsters can also tell, just by listening to the adults, if they’ve
strayed too far from home.
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.