Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 15:55:37 EDT
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Hal Massie <Swallowtailfarms@AOL.COM>
Subject: Catbirds and swallowtail 'cats' (Crawford County)
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I have a pair of gray catbirds nesting
in the large Burford holly near the front
corner of my house. Today, while outside
digging a new flowerbed, I noticed one
of the catbirds on the ground beside
another flowerbed. It would hop up,
flutter beside a big clump of bronze fennel,
then fly off to the holly.
I went over and looked at the fennel and
it was covered with small black swallowtail
caterpillars. Some of those caterpillars are
being converted to baby catbirds!
See...if you plant a butterfly garden, you
are also planting a bird garden...and a moth
garden...and a bat garden...and a bee garden...
and a hummingbird garden...ad infinitum...
Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat
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