Letter: Bird arrivals help dispel moth misery


To the editor

Finally it is safe to say Spring has arrived. A bit chillier – it’s been in the 50’s a lot – and certainly a lot wetter – over one inch at Kentucky Derby time – than we might have wished, but our world is becoming green. Every year I talk about our beautiful swamp loving shad bush which is now in full bloom. I hope you have seen it as it doesn’t last long.

Over time a faithful reader in Oak Forest has kept me up to date on the damage done by that miserable winter moth. This spring seems to be an exception but perhaps the disgusting gypsy moth has taken over as the tiny black caterpillars are just beginning to hatch and soon you will see the filmy tents in which they shelter at night. I used to take rags soaked in kerosene attached to a long pole, light them, and then burn these tents. A very effective way if the tents are where you can reach them.

May 5 was always a day I looked forward to as our summer visitors from the south, the catbirds and the orioles would arrive.This year the catbird pair arrived, but I have not heard that clear, piercing song of the orioles. Perhaps they have heard that my bird guru is trying out two Droll Yankee marmalade feeders which have proved very popular according to some photos he sent me. I am hoping that when my continuous drip bird bath gets going that they will come back.

This year Sakonnet Garden will be open the Saturday after Mother’s Day, May 20, and 21, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come early before the crowds, and enjoy the totally original and beautiful series of garden rooms.

Sidney Tynan

Little Compton


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