June 11, 2013
I have birdfeeders and birdbaths, and enjoy watching and listening to birdsong. I often have Great Blue Herons land on the dock to fish, Osprey fly by. The Mallards come up from the water to eat under the birdfeeder. The swans cruise up if they see me and show off their cygnets. I do not fertilize my lawn, and have naturalized a section by the lake. I have concord grape vines, and blueberries that I share with wildlife, and a snag that has housed squirrels, raccoons and bats over the years. I have had insect blooms in the yard and observed tree swallows, barn swallows, eastern kingbirds and cedar waxwings feeding in large numbers over the lake and the yard. Very exciting!
I plant flowers that attract and nurture wildlife, allow elderberry, crab apple, choke cherry, mulberry, milkweed, and other wildflowers to grow.
Especially enjoy Carolina wrens that scold my cats in the windows, catbirds and the song sparows that nest in the hedgrow.
I live in Framingham, on a lake, and consider myself a naturalist. I am a birder, and try to identify every plant, shrub and tree I see. Am also very interested in wildlife in our area, and in the world.