It's been heartening to hear the songs of American Robins, Northern Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, and Carolina Wrens recently. It means spring is almost here.
And, according to Journey North, the spring migrants are on their way, including the Ruby-throated hummingbirds.
The changing seasons bring a delightful cycle of plant growth from vegetative growth to flowers, fruits, and seeds, the timing depending on the native origin of the plant. These plants provide cover and nesting habitat, food for caterpillars (great nestling food), and fruit and seeds, for fruit and seed-eating birds.
An excellent balance, to be sure.