Birds are wonderful for our gardens! They eat seeds then deposit them randomly, mini fertilizations; we get amazing volunteers! They eat all kinds of insects, keep infestations from happening or reduce them. They sometimes scratch up the topsoil a tad, allowing nutrients to seep in. Personally, I enjoy their chatter and just seeing them.
This just in from Santa Barbara Organic Garden Club:
Protect birds from window crashes….
Sometimes you can find decals for this purpose at feed stores (La Cumbre Feed or Island Feed & Seed in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area), or go online:
Also, let windows get dirty and stay dirty. Or clean part of window and leave an X unwashed.
The writer says: We are stunned at the number of birds (new species we haven’t seen before) in our garden habitat. Take a look at today’s bird column in the [Santa Barbara] News-Press, explains what is going on. We NEED to support bird populations, as they are increasingly under stress.
Birds are very thirsty. Please ask your blog readers to add water to their garden, deck, patio, etc. Just a slow drip from a water hose, slightly propped up on a rock or over your favorite water thirsty plant, will be helpful. [If you leave a dish or pan of water, please use low sloped shallow items, put a flat stick for lizards and other littles to climb out on in case they accidentally go for a swim!] Thank you!!!!