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    MDgreenery
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    In the latest issue of B&B Extra there is an amazing picture of a Tree Swallow (on page 26) carrying what appears to be at least a half dozen or more live bugs in/on  its bill & head. The article written by, Sally Roth is all about the ‘Fastest Birds’; fastest at various things with the TS listed as the fastest at catching bugs.

    Had no idea just how efficient & helpful these birds are until quite coincidentally  I read through the ‘New Complete Home Landscaping’  book recently. On page 158, the author, Catriona Tudor Erler says, that researchers in North Carolina “noticed that sparrows and goldfinches ate a million grain aphids a day while feeding on 100 acres of grain fields.” Erler also says: “Wrens will feed each of their fledglings as many as 500 insects in an afternoon, and redstarts feed their young a minimum of 1,200 bugs daily [!]”

    Reading the two topics so close together made me believe & appreciate what I watched in the garden yesterday as the birds seemed to be plucking bugs(?) off of the recently planted flowers.

    It looked as though they enjoyed quite a feast.


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    I have no trouble with mosquitos in my yard and I know it’s because of my birds.


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    MDgreenery
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    Oh my, how I wish I could say the same here, Hiker. Although we were very happy to see the giant mosquito eater hanging out on the balcony with us one day after a rain storm:-)

    Welcome back Hiker! It’s been awhile since I’ve seen you post. Hope all is well.

     

     

     

     

     


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