the carpathian walnut here becomes the center of the summer garden
because in winter it seems to provide a decent bird feeding environment with its present shape and size / habit,
for small and medium birds, chickadee, woodpecker, different jays, crows(hopefully too) and some .. newer arrivals :) they are calling from the surrounding trees now!
it started one day while watching a normal bird feeding session.. a heap of food in one place,
the various territorial activities leading to inefficient feeding.. biggest first, one at the feeder, squabbles, territoriality;
then in disgust i threw the pile of food into the nearby 'bush' and observed.. that many different species of bird are present together in a small space without fighting.. each having a secure niche or perch rather than nowhere to hop but the more distant surrounding trees.
the birds are quickly (in six days) ramping pressure for more food!
new arrivals have approached too and at first hold to the concentric depression of the snow path surrounding the feed bush, until a clear branch presents itself.
they often enter the feed bush from the highest - a slender young hickory,
then hop lower to the ground, birds shifting until peace and eating returns
a second concentric path in the snow now surrounds the bush to help provide more feed space,
each path forming a kind of bunker which more and more birds hopefully will access for food.
by dragging a kitchen broom behind me(placed against my back and held taught against the trail, by one arm), dropping food with the other
to smooth the path and provide a good hard surface after an evenings cold snap.
next, i think a low fence will be installed separating the concentric paths to improve the 'bushiness', of interwoven cedar boughs probably, in hope of sheltering more feeding birds :)
for plant climbing later
8~14 varied birds at a time
8 foot diameter bush in a 60'x60'-ish clearing
have a cache of cedar seed-clusters taken after a large 'tree dumping' three summers ago
i'll post pictures if you like when i can get a good full shot ..
.. but the crows are watching, waiting their chances,
while warning off the feeding birds when i approach,
..and the smaller birds stay to chide me for feeding them :lol:
edit2 .. and beyond.
a proper dragged trail maker for snow will be in order..........
.......... wonder what this will do for a future raised/lowered bed garden..
the smaller birds are reticent to leave the safety of the bush,
the larger birds are happier to take larger bundles away.. unless...
surplus food to birds and wildlife somehow rewards to the soil :)
read not too long ago, a thread in some larger aspiration here, that chicken manure is the main nitrogen source for large scale mushroom production, sprayed on straw.. gotta find that link..
aspects of spacing and dilution during spring melt time to avoid the trample of concentrated bird poo
Edited by Erkee, 05 January 2013 - 09:10 PM.