He is right. They were here first.
As we remove turf and plant bushes and shrubs and herbs and crops I keep in mind all the different critters that call this spot home too.
We must leave some clover for the rabbits.
If I have clover they stay away from the baby lettuce and spinach.
If I plant enough strawberries than there is enough for us and the birds and the squirrels. Yet sometimes I have to supplement the wildlife's diet with store bought seed and corn. I can not grow enough.
If I want to have tulips I have to trick the squirrels. I plant the tulips inside a ring of daffodils. They dislike daffodils and love tulips.
I also have to discourage the deer not to eat the wheat. I live on a rather busy street, across from a cemetery. It is not safe for the deer. Too many have been hit by cars as they jump the fence. So I put a ring of bone meal around tender wheat sprouts.
Sometimes I will entice a bird to come visit. I love the song birds. All of them!
So I bought a Baltimore Oriole feeder. I filled it with sweet orange nectar and was so thrilled when a female Oriole found it!
The blue bird sighting last week sent me over the rainbow! She just flew in and perched for a moment at the feeding station to see what goodies I had out.
No meal worms, so off she flew. Wish I had the camera on the ready!
I need meal worms and a meal worm feeder. Buying worms could put the husband over the edge. An easy, gentle approach was needed. Presentation is 9o% of a favorable outcome. Blue birds eat all sorts of unwanted bugs! They are garden helpers. They do not eat beneficial bugs like lady bugs and praying mantis. So I did my research and planned the presentation. One of the concerns would be where will the meal worms reside when they were not in the feeder. This is simple, the refrigerator.
He is used to sharing half of the refrigerator with flower bulbs. I did 800 forced bulbs last winter for the house. They were stored in the refrigerator. The produce drawers were filled with non-edibles. He is used to not poking around for snacks. Our children are grown-up and live in their own houses. No worry there that a meal worm would find it's way in their mouths. My friends know that in my kitchen often I have un-safe for human consumption, strange looking food stuffs. I think I am safe to bring in meal worms. He agrees.
Than the concern. "What if the meal worm feeder somehow spills?" More research. He does not want me bringing in some sort of larva that will produce huge plant eating bugs. These are little worms. That is it. Just small worms that like meal and will stay dormant if kept cool. In case of a spill a robin would find a treat. Or the worms would die. I am ready to go get meal worms and a feeder.
Now I wait for the blue bird to fly over and see the meal worms.
More research on Blue Bird habitat.
We will need to do more water features.
That will be fun and so pretty.
While shopping for the meal worms I saw another Oriole feeder that holds a fresh orange and grape jelly. The Orioles like grape jelly. Will need to get some grape jelly! It also has a place for sweet orange nector.
The feeding station is almost full!
I will need to add a branch if I add another feeder.
I wonder what the Indigo Bunting likes?