As our garden transformed last fall from actively growing into dormant and dying, we left many stems and other material in place instead of tidying up all of the dead stuff.

A few days ago this Baltimore Oriole was a benefactor of our decision, peeling fibers off of this Butterfly Bush stem for its mates’ nest.

I believe we will continue gardening in this wildlife friendly way.

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First time visitor.

Last weekend, I saw a bird out in the far reaches of the yard. While it looked completely unfamiliar it was so far out I couldn’t positively identify it. Am pretty sure it was a  Yellow-rumped Warbler, which I’ve never seen in the yard.

I’m pleased to have (at least temporarily) hosted this fellow and hope to see him again.

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