We here in North Carolina, experience all the weather/seasons as they come by. For the past two years, although I have noticed the change in the wether patterns and as time continues, we are seeing less of the winter months and more of extreme events. We have been having hurricanes now and the season is long one. At such times, if we think about what all the wildlife is going through for no mistake of their own. I always advocate and advise people on planting native trees. These, in turn, help the wildlife in our urban areas to thrive in bleak seasonal changes as days of rains or extreme heat. I have lots of berry plants and also acorn plants around my place. The big trees help provide the necessary nuts the urban squirrels need and also these bluejays who hoard nuts during winter. As winter changes to spring at our end, this cherry blossom tree, provides for food for many birds. The finches tear apart the flowers and eat something from the green part of the flower. The migrating warblers do find and nick bugs sometimes when the buds are just starting to spring. This particular day, this bluejay landed on that branch and kept looking for some buds to eat upon. Also the acorn tree is nearby, sometimes, these birds land here and then fly on forward to check on the last remaining acorns. It posed momentarily in the blossoms and I loved the overall contrast of the scene.
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Clare Disano • Editor