|A new nest|
The nest is probably a robin's, which is not particularly unusual in our yard, but it's interesting and exciting for two reasons. First, while I knew that winter residents like robins get a jump-start on nest building, I had no idea they would start to build this early in the year. Second, this is the first definite nest we've had in our "habitat restoration" area. I'm putting quotes around that because this is nothing official and really a quite small area on the grand scheme of things. But this is an area where we are encouraging native loblolly pine trees and other native vegetation to provide a natural buffer between the cultivated and utilitarian parts of our yard and a swath of tidal marsh at the back of our property. We lost a few very large trees to storms in the first few years after we moved in and decided to plant more trees.
|Roots of a 70 foot oak felled in a Nor'Easter in 2006|
|A place to sit at the end of the path|
|Sunlight shining through the autumn leaves and Phragmites seedheads|
|Wax myrtles, favorite of Yellow-rumped warblers and kinglets|
Best of all, it really does attract wildlife, including some that is quite unusual for a suburban backyard. The first time I saw a wood nymph butterfly I considered that we had achieved a real woodland. Better still, we have even seen a woodcock and an ovenbird (both only briefly during migration). I even had a brief glimpse of a fox trotting across the path once.