Creating a huge brushpile there seemed like a logical, if temporary thing to do. Originally, I figured that, by the time it had pretty much decayed, I would have figured out what to plant there. Shortly afterward, I think I started wondering about continually refreshing and maintaining a pile there. Although I still haven't decided, today, I am feeling that that idea has a lot of merit.
I know brushpiles benefit wildlife, but, with the birds utilizing it in the winter, and the likelihood of sparrows nesting there this spring, I may very well want to maintain it for many years to come. :)
Here are my "brushpile bird photos" from today's stroll in the yard--with pretty frigid temperatures and an impending storm coming tomorrow night--12-18 inches of snow predicted (more than we had in snow totals so far this winter, I believe).
First the junco(s):
|The actual brushpile--well, part of it...this doesn't show |
the full size, nor do it justice.
...and now the sparrows. There seems to be a pair...and I believe they have nested in the yard before--in my original, smaller brushpile, I believe.
I would be thrilled to have them as regular residents...and create enough habitat to have several breeding pairs.
I'm thinking the brushpile should become a permanent fixture. :)