Other Goldfinches are tackling the spent flower base of Prairie blazingstar (Liatris pycnostrachy) a wonderful purple plant that keeps blooming on the top even as seeds mature above. Butterflies join in, flitting from one pink Coneflower to another.
They visit my yard because the flowers are there.
I am telling you this to remind you that what you plant is as important as putting out birdfeeders if you want to attract birds. A well-planned yard will attract not just birds and butterflies but other wildlife too to complete the life cycles that are so important to the health and vitality of our gardens and our Earth.
I seldom write a blog entry on Saturday but last night on facebook I learned that there is a wonderful book out there once again in print for us to use as a resource for planning our gardens and yards.
Julie Zickefoose, the author, began her career as a field biologist for Nature Conservancy (not a bad start) since then she has advanced through the ranks of birders and naturalists until now she is now one of the most respected nature commentator, painter and writers we have. She also regularly writes for the magazine, Birdwatchers Digest.
This book was once out of print but lucky for us that is no longer true. It has been reprinted by Skyhorse Publishing and Amazon is, of course carrying it. Just click on the link below or at the beginning to get yours.
I can't wait to get my new edition.