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Old 02-03-2019, 11:13 AM   #11
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Does anyone know the extent of the range used by backyard birds to find food, shelter and water? We are just starting a new garden which will focus on native and wildlife-friendly plants. However, currently there are almost no birds in the neighborhood (and few gardens.) If we build it, will they come?
I should have added to my original reply: I don't know what the typical range is for back yard birds. My guess is that you will first see the non-natives like house sparrows and starlings. The others will come as your plants grow up. Be sure to include a water feature.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:19 AM   #12
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Wow! Your yard sounds beautiful. I don't think I will ever have foxes here. At least deer aren't an issue, though, so that's a plus. I don't have an official yard list, so I can't say how many species we have seen, but there is a lot of variety, especially during the migration seasons.
I grow natives from seed by winter sowing every year. I have about 50 varieties in flats in my back yard this year. We shall see what spring brings!
That is awesome!

I hope to winter sow again this year, but I doubt I'll have anywhere near 50 flats.
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:43 PM   #13
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That is awesome!

I hope to winter sow again this year, but I doubt I'll have anywhere near 50 flats.
Our winter started out cold, but dry. We shall see if the seeds just froze in the flats before they were covered with snow. We've got plenty of snow now!
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Our winter started out cold, but dry. We shall see if the seeds just froze in the flats before they were covered with snow. We've got plenty of snow now!
I'm sure that, come spring you will have plenty of seedlings, too.
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No school ALL last week because of the ice storms. Monday they went to school Tuesday A white out and a ton of snow-Most we've had in years...Snow out front is piled up HIGHER that my hips! Wednesday- today no school to unbury ourselves and tomorrow another blizzard. Oh boy! May as well wait to shovel till tomorrow blows past.
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No school ALL last week because of the ice storms. Monday they went to school Tuesday A white out and a ton of snow-Most we've had in years...Snow out front is piled up HIGHER that my hips! Wednesday- today no school to unbury ourselves and tomorrow another blizzard. Oh boy! May as well wait to shovel till tomorrow blows past.
Wow! You all are dealing with a lot!

We were off yesterday--much less snow than predicted...then once overnight which resulted in a 2-hour delay.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:41 AM   #17
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No school ALL last week because of the ice storms. Monday they went to school Tuesday A white out and a ton of snow-Most we've had in years...Snow out front is piled up HIGHER that my hips! Wednesday- today no school to unbury ourselves and tomorrow another blizzard. Oh boy! May as well wait to shovel till tomorrow blows past.
We've had a fair amount of snow here, but the ice has been the real problem. Schools have been closed more than open for the last couple of weeks. My son sent me a couple of photos from his Marquette yard. LOTS of snow in the UP! We are getting a bit of a break today, with temps approaching 40 degrees. You may as well just tuck in with a good book (or craft projects!) and wait for spring!
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We've had a fair amount of snow here, but the ice has been the real problem. Schools have been closed more than open for the last couple of weeks. My son sent me a couple of photos from his Marquette yard. LOTS of snow in the UP! We are getting a bit of a break today, with temps approaching 40 degrees. You may as well just tuck in with a good book (or craft projects!) and wait for spring!
I have a four-day weekend...I am hoping to sort and sow my seeds this weekend the let the freezing and thawing cycles get them ready to germinate.

Then, I will likely stay in and do the Great Backyard Bird Count.

I'm glad you are getting a reprieve. Yes, the ice is worse than the snow.
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Check out this link for a list of the best plants for caterpillars https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/ . After some more research I see that birds will be the most attracted by the caterpillars in your yard, rather attracted by the plants themselves. Of course, no plants no caterpillars. Build a food web
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Check out this link for a list of the best plants for caterpillars https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/ . After some more research I see that birds will be the most attracted by the caterpillars in your yard, rather attracted by the plants themselves. Of course, no plants no caterpillars. Build a food web
Yup! Pack your space with high-value host plants and the birds will come and stay.
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