Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall Planting

While technically still on hiatus, I thought that I'd share some photos of our recent fall planting...


Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant)

"Longleaf" Oregon Grape (Mahonia nervosa)

Pacific Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus)

Black Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)

Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)


More accurately, these are species that are not native to the Willamette Valley of Western Oregon...

Saskatoon Serviceberry (Amelanchier alinfolia).

Golden Currant (Ribes aureum gracillimum).  The gracillimum variant is native to California.

Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia).  This the replacement plant for my Sitka mountain-ash, which succumbed to fire blight this summer.  As members of the rose family, Toyon are also susceptible to bacterial and fungal blight infections, but I will be treating it chemically during the dormant season.

As these get established over the winter, I hope to observe and photograph many interesting birds.  I'll be back with a bird-related post in a couple of weeks.


Anonymous said...

What a nice site! We're in Eugene too (northwest). Over the last month, we've had Juncos, several Varied Thrush, Townsend's Warblers, Scrub Jays, House Finch, Anna's Hummers, Pine Siskens, Black capped Chickadees, a couple of Downy Woodpeckers, RB Nuthatches, mobs of Bushtits from time to time, Ruby Crowned Kinglets, and Robins.

We're new at this. What kinds of nest boxes can we provide for any of these?

BJG said...

Thanks for the kind words, and I apologize for answering your question late. Been very busy over the past 6 weeks.

I've had success with BC Chickadees in nest boxes. Specialty stores like Wild Birds Unlimited sell nesting boxes that are of appropriate size for small passerines like chickadees and wrens. For chickadees and nuthatches, line the bottom of the nest box with wood chips. This will fool them into believing that it's an abandoned woodpecker cavity. Also, be sure to place the nesting box far away from your feeders (the other side of the house is typically good enough). Good luck!