Welcome to Subirdia!

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For total bird-versity, the jungle beats all.  But in temperate zones, the wide variety of foods and nesting opportunities offered by suburban gardeners and landscapers attracts more birds than either densely populated cities or wild natural settings.  This certainly seems to hold true at my house.  Our lot is 1/3 acre; the house is in the middle.  I did a count one dawn feeding time and identified ten different bird species just in my back yard just in a space of ten minutes.



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4 responses to “Welcome to Subirdia!

  1. Things really are more complicated than the eco-nazis think. Their view of a pristine human-free wilderness being the ideal just doesn’t always work so well. I’ve spent a lot of time in northern wilderness areas, and I’m always amazed at how desolate they are in most wildlife. The diversity is really terrible. And when it comes to diversity of trees, you really need humans to make diversity happen. The suburban forests are really attractive when you see them from the air, the way the birds do.


    • No kidding! We built our house in 1985, on what was then the edge of town, in the middle of what was then a grassy prairie with very few trees. Since that time, lots more houses have been built on our street, and everyone who built a house planted lots of trees. My husband and I like to show people photographs of what the area looked like before it was developed, and then they can really appreciate what it looks like now, with all the trees. And the diversity of the birds and other wildlife is mind-boggling. Part of that is due to the fact that my husband runs a welfare state for birds, and the other critters have learned to take advantage of that fact, by eating the birdseed that falls on the ground. Lately we’ve been entertaining two little raccoons who showed up under the bird feeders, looking for food. Here’s a picture my husband took of them.


      • Those are the cutest raccoons I think I’ve ever seen. Around here, they seem to only come in “bear-size,” maybe 25 lbs.


        • They are ridiculously cute, and lots of fun to watch. Normally raccoons are nocturnal, so you rarely see them during the day, when it’s possible to get good pictures of them. These two appear to be orphans — we never see an adult one around, and it’s just not normal for babies this small to be on their own.