Monday, April 2, 2018

Nest Depot

I spent this beautifully bright and warm spring day clipping and raking the meadow. There are now plenty of dried stalks, seed heads, straw and leaf litter to add to the  “lumber yard” for wildlife. The birds sing incessantly. A little flock of goldfinches has been visiting the feeders in recent weeks, their plumage all shades of muted yellow and olive. I hear their reedy song while I work. But this morning a neighbor’s incessantly droning leaf blower, that I had to put up with for well over an hour, drowns out the sweet sounds of spring. I disturb a bee with my rake and I gingerly replace the leaf litter. I wonder how many bees and other critters are being more rudely and inadvertently driven out from their winter hiding by the gas-guzzling machine over the road from me. I rake and clear just enough so as not to smother and destroy emerging fauna and plants. The Nest Depot at the back edge of my property is now overstocked with building material and organic matter left in place feeds the soil.

1 comment:

  1. HI Sue,

    Glad to read your latest post. I love your wildlife lumber yard idea. I always think of you especially at this time of year because the bloodroot in my garden (singles and doubles) are blooming right now. However, the ones you planted at Nahanton always bloom a little later. Many trees near the pond keeled over in two of our big storms so it's impossible to get in there at the moment. Hope the city clears things out soon. I notified them as soon as it happened, but the path to the pond is still blocked.