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, April 5, 2015
Robins don’t like our lawns
A bird that
lives here in north Texas 12-months of the year is the American Robin.Like almost all birds, they’re very
territorial. They want territories where they can get shelter, find food (to
feed themselves and their offspring), find water, with places to hide from
predators without a lot of hassle. But a large lawn (a perfect "hunting ground" for hungry hawks etc.) will
frequently go unclaimed. Nor does a lawn have many bugs - food for many birds; nor does it have shelter.
“Don’t throw that away!” One thing
Hummingbirds look for when selecting a nesting site are lichens, which they use
to cover their nests.Lichens, a kind of
fungus, grow naturally on decomposing branches. It’s not hard to find some of
this wood on the ground, after a storm.Just pick them up and lay them around your yard.
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