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.
Large birds like crows
and grackles often get blamed for driving away more desirable birds.However, that’s rarely the case, unless
they’re after the same things. For example, crows foraging in a field for
insects such as grasshoppers are no threat whatsoever to seed-eating Cardinals
Seen a Prothonotary
Prothonotary Warbler (seen here, though he’s shy) has an interesting
name – probably stemming from a notary or scribe in the Roman Catholic Church.
It’s almost certainly derived from the Latin word “protonotarius” – a
Catholic official who wears a yellow hood. (The bird has a yellowish head
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.