[CT Birds] wild crop in the north CT
carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net
Thu Nov 1 17:40:13 EDT 2007
Did a quick assesment of the winter "crop" here in the northwest corner
of CT today. Mostly from New Hartford north, from about 400 to 1,200
White Pine: Cones are non existent!
Spruce: some cones, but below normal - There are some wild spruce groves
here that I assesed, but domestic spruces seem to have about the same
results south of here, yes?
Ash: Water loving Green Ash seem to have some seed pods, but White ash
have nothing! Bad for Grosbeaks
Birch: Normal catkins on White and Grey Birch, but Black and esp Yellow
Birch a bumper crop. Good for Siskins, Goldfinch, Redpolls and other
Oaks: Most Oaks appear to have a small crop of acorns or none at all
Hemlock: Some have a small cone crop, and most others none at all.
fruit trees: Most domestic and wild fruit trees have a bumper crop this
year. Good for Grosbeaks and Waxwings.
Berry bushes: A good crop of berries this year from; Viburnum, Dogwood,
Winterberry, Rosehips, Sumac and other berry producing bushes that have
fruit available through the winter. Good for Waxwings, Robins, Bluebirds
and other berry eating birds.
Vine plants: Grape, Virginia creeper, Poison Ivy and other vine berry
plants did well with fruit this year. Also good is poke berry.
Weeds and grasses: A bumper year for these plants: Ragweed,Knotweed, and
all the many weeds that grow here have an abundance of seed this year.
Good for Sparrows and other ground feeders.
Seems a good crop here, but missing some important staples like cones
and ash seeds.
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