Trees of life

The real trees of life in our little forest world are dead. Most people think of dead trees as something they have to get rid of. I suppose you have no choice if it’s on your roof or flattening your car. But what if it falls in the woods? That’s where most of our trees fall. They are dying or some kind of insect infestation or old age or insufficient sun. The strong winds blow and down they go.

The woodpeckers love them and munch on them all year round. Squirrels — red, gray, and flying — as well as chipmunks nest in them there. So do many birds. Everything eats there. Dead trees offer a wide range of insects for small mammals and birds. Many common birds — including Robins and Bluebirds — eat ONLY insects. They can’t eat or digest seeds.

Bluebird on a twig in a dying tree

When dead trees fall in your woods where they are not causing damage to your home or car, consider not removing them. They are a rich part of the ecosystem. For many small creatures and birds, they truly are trees of life.

Categories: Anecdote, Animals, Birds, bluebirds, chipmunk, flying squirrel, Gallery, Nature, New England, Photography, square, Woodpeckers

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17 replies

  1. Even in death Mother nature provides , so sad that we as humans try so hard to destroy the forests. I adore your photo’s.


    • Nature has a cycle so that there’s always a beginning that grows from the end. We just keep “cleaning up” — and we do a lot of damage. Of course, we do so MUCH damage in so many ways, that’s just one way. I can’t count them all.


  2. Some of our richest forests, the rain forests, are built on fallen trees. The trees that fall become “nurse logs,” and are the soil on which the next generation grows.


    • The ground under a fallen tree is incredibly rich. It’s like a nursery for all the other plants that grow. I only get worried about them when they are very close to the house or deck or driveway — or wires. Otherwise, when they fall, it’s new life to come. I’m sure a lot of people don’t understand it, but I hope in between the pictures, I can do a little teaching.

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  3. I love all your bird photos (that bluebird is especially pretty!) And you’re so right about fallen trees 🙂 I was just saying earlier elsewhere that our local council has started leaving the trees that have to be felled in our parks – children climb on them, adults sit on them, squirrels hide their nuts in the hollows, birds feed on the insects etc etc


  4. So we’ll explained
    So very true.
    Anyway, order is highly overrated in this ‘field’.


  5. such wise words Marilyn – we have kept our fallen trees. Moved them to bottom of garden and created a wilderness. Definitely had a huge positive impact on the insect life 😀


    • It makes the birds and squirrels and chipmunks VERY happy, too. Even some of the raptors are happy to eat those wood bugs. So much of our property is wooded, be don’t worry about moving anything. Unless it’s damaging the house or car, wherever it falls, it stays there. It’s a real breeding ground for small mammals and the perfect feeding place for so many birds!

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      • sounds like a perfect wood


        • It’s a bit overcrowded, but that’s also why we have quite a few dying trees. When they are that close together, you are going to lose some. We have one we need to take down. Owen wants to do it now, but I can’t afford it until I finish paying for the deck and dealing with the septic system. It has better hang on until spring!


          • Do you have a college need by that trains tree surgeons? Might get them to come and train on your land!


            • There is a college that does that, but they are a couple of hours distant. We are in the “no man’s land” part of the state. There ain’t nothin’ around here!


                • It’s how we could afford this house. We live far enough from Boston and Cambridge to make commuting difficult — and we are too far from the college towns in the western part of the state to go there. This area used to be all factories and mills built along the river, but since they closed — about 100 years ago — there has been nothing much going on. This town was more than twice its current size in 1920. We even had buses and a train stop! Now, we really ARE nowhere. I don’t mind (much), but when I was working, it was a long haul to pretty much anywhere.


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