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Why Hummingbird Feeders Are a Terrible Idea

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in birds, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 0 comments

Why Hummingbird Feeders Are a Terrible Idea

If you’re going to feed hummingbirds, think carefully about what food you’re offering to these tiny, fragile bodies.

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A Wake of Vultures

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in birds, fall, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

A Wake of Vultures

Vultures fly high over our heads, but they’re always scanning the world. They see our bald spots, our backyards, our secrets. They see us. And they smell us.

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Invasion of the Box Elder Bugs

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in birds, fall, insects, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Invasion of the Box Elder Bugs

Box elder bugs: unwelcome trick-or-treaters. They might creep you out, but they don’t suck blood, bite children, cause disease, or make the dog itch.

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Pokeweed: Summer Giant

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in birds, summer, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 0 comments

Pokeweed: Summer Giant

This gangly, strange-looking character is pokeweed. I bought it at a native plant sale a few years ago, but it never sent up more than a few floppy leaves, and I’d almost given up hope.

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Pigeons: Two in the Bird Bath

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in birds, summer, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 2 comments

Pigeons: Two in the Bird Bath

Putting up a bird bath, and keeping it clean and full is one of the nicest things you can do for birds in summer. Pigeons take the plunge!

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Bee Balm: Hummingbird Heaven

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in birds, flowers, summer, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 1 comment

Bee Balm: Hummingbird Heaven

Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red. And bee balm is red. Red, red. Fire engine red. Bee balm is a member of the mint family, as can be seen by its squared-off stems and paired leaves; like most mints, it’s hardy, and spreads readily–pretty easy to grow. My kind of plant. It’s a native wildflower–at least it was originally a wildflower, though I’ve never seen it growing in the wild–what I’ve got in my garden is a nursery-bred variety of the original wild plant. And it’s red. Blood red. Hummingbirds, which have keen color vision, are...

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