Goldfinches eating Alder seeds
I was so surprised to find out how many birds ( and squirrels!) eat from the Alder tree. It has a gigantic quantity of seed cones that hang from the trees like jewelry. I like the tree because it has a rather vertical form and where I planted it it fits just right providing a nice dappled shade on the path into the garden. The other Alder tree was planted by my buddy ,Kid Squirrel, I'm certain. Any way, now that I know how much of a food source it is in winter...hooray!
But there's always a but, isnt there? With all the food sources in my yard, I might as well have a blazing garish blinking sign that says
HAWKS WELCOME..boo hoo
Now don't try to tell me that they have to eat too...fooey
I love my little wards.....and this morning....I was too late....and Harry Hawk got one of them.
I swore very loudly this Sunday morning as I saw him holding something down on the dead Pine tree branch. Oh I know what that means. I once watched him pluck a precious mourning dove to bare flesh then eat it head first...finishing with a flick of his head as down his throat went the little feet. Yes, this is nasty...that's why I call him Nasty Harry...he earned it.
Now My husband says it is my fault.....you planted all that food out there for the birds..it's a restaurant...and Harry thanks you.
Not quite my open bar of joy this morning. But he is beautiful. And does have to eat, and God made him that way.
Why do I feel like I drove the getaway car?