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10:59 a.m. 2012-04-18

mulberry branches

On April 11, 2003, I visited a private property in eastern New Orleans near Michoud and Bayou Sauvage called "Little Pine," which was opened to a few paying members of the Great Louisiana Bird Fest public for a few hours. In addition to some nice birds, including a Least Bittern close enough to touch as we floated past the bird in the reeds, the guide cut off some branches from a mulberry tree, so that we could plant them in our yards and have some nice mulberry bushes for our wild birds, especially the Mockingbirds and the Warblers. Nine years later, and I keep cutting it back, because I'd rather have a mulberry bush than a mulberry tree. I've never sprayed this wanna-be tree, and unsprayed mulberry is safe for my chewy Conures, so from time to time, I either cut off branches that are thick enough to be perches or I braid some mulberry whips together to make chew toys for the Conures. They can chew through an amazing amount of Mulberry, but I'm afraid that the bush is going to get away from me and become a true tree this spring, because I have a pair of Northern Cardinals using it and I don't want to disturb them. The male brought a HUGE moth to the female in this bush a couple weeks ago. Too cute. So it's back to the store for commercial perches for the time being...

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