|Darn, I missed a few dead twigs!|
|My gardening angel is itching to clean this up, but my naturalist angel is wrestling the pruning shears from her hands|
It is nothing but quandary after quandary, living in a wild area. I can't be here without causing some negative impact. Sigh.
On the other hand, our resident thrasher had his nice long morning drink from the bird bath, and a lot of little birds, sparrows of various sorts, are amusing me as I write by leaping up to get the seeds from the arching bunch grasses.
|My office window - and the Stipa cernua etc that I grew from local wild - upon which the birds feast|
Then again, what if I could figure out how much food to provide to make up for the food I'm taking away? I could put food out and maybe also see more of those reclusive birds.
For insect eating birds, suet (kidney fat) is a recommended food on many bird sites. For vegetarians who don't want to deal with kidney fat, vegetable shortening can be used instead. Here's a recipe I found [and added a comment to] on about.com:
1 Cup rendered suet [or non-hydrogenated vegetable fat - crisco or cocoanut oil (which hardens)]
1 Cup chunky peanut butter
3 Cups stone ground cornmeal
1/2 Cup white or wheat flour
This post on the Thrifty Living blog has more info on vegetarian food for insect eating birds. The British tend to think about these things, don't you know!
I have so many unresolved considerations when it comes to the impact I have on what lives here. Do I worry too much?