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There hasn't been much time for blogging this month and there has been even less time for birding. My husband is in the middle of a backyard project which involves the removal of a rather large magnolia tree.
I'm 90% happy about this project of his because it also involves the removal of a rickety old fence and a broken down picnic table. However, as a true southern gal, it was a life-long dream of mine to have a magnolia tree in the backyard. It is a wonderful place for hanging a variety of feeders and provides great shade for us and for the birds.
However, our yard is very small, and the tree really is too big for our space. I always wanted a magnolia tree in my backyard but do not want one as my back yard. That is why it is so easy for me to be 80% happy about its removal.
Also, it drops leaves year round which creates a huge and constant mess to clean up, and we can't get any grass to grow. Our backyard looks like a wasteland, and we think it is due to the tree.
So, please, don't hate us, but she has to go. And really, I am 70% happy about it.
All of that is to say, the birds have not visited us much this month, and we have not had time to go looking for them either. I think this is our smallest bird list to date, not just since the beginning of Tweet and See but since we started birding almost six years ago!
It may be small, but here it is:
- American Robin
- American Crow
- House Sparrow
- Eastern Bluebird
- Blue Jay
- Eastern Towhee
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Kingfisher *
- Prairie Warbler *
- Eastern Phoebe *
I hope you had a better month bird-wise than I did and look forward to reading your reports! And really, don't worry about me. I'm easily 60% happy about the backyard project.