The garden is a delight 365 1/4 days a year!

 The birds are a joy!  Among the birds we see here are:

 

Dark-eyed Junco                                      Downy Woodpecker  

Goldfinch                                                  Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow                         Northern Mockingbird

Cardinals                                                  White-breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren                                          Eastern Bluebird

Mourning Dove                                         White-throated Sparrow

Carolina Chickadee                                  House Finch

Blue Jay                                                      Hawks and Eagles.

Tufted Titmouse 

Robin 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

 

 Many species of birds travel long distances during the fall and head south for the warmer climates.  Virginia is among their destinations.  The biggest motivation is food.  

 

Many birds switch to berries in the winter.  Natives offer a lot more value, they provide for the insects in the spring as well as berries for birds.

Here are some that birds love:

 

  •  Viburnums:  Arrowwood, nannyberry, withered, blackhaw
  •  Elderberry
  • Spicebush
  • chokeberry
  • Winterberry 
  • Hawthorns
  • Red cedar
  • Alternate-leaved dogwood
  • Ninebark

 As you continue to enjoy your garden this season, please take a moment to watch this video about neonicotinoids. 

"One seed coated with neonicotinoid pesticides is enough to kill a songbird like Blue Grossbeak.  Avoiding these and other pesticides in your home and garden can make a difference."      https://abcbirds.org/neonics

 

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanBirdConserve/videos/391859614988157/

 

https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/explore/regions/southeast/virginia/virginia-birding-season-summer.php

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—Albert Laighton, “In the Woods”

The garden's structure, is always so lovely.

Each season is a treasure.

 Moon, my gardening assistant.  

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