I was watching the little birds through the glass door this morning, they are so clever, I hadn't noticed before but they actually pick the dead leaves up with their beaks and fling them aside in their hunt for tasty morsels. It struck me then how very happy I am with the ecosystem our property has created. I have always planted gardens with the birds in mind, nectar plants, bushy shrubs for protection, and the planted areas are close enough together to allow the little birds a short dash on the wing to get from one area to the other and feel safe. This area was open ground 7 years ago when we bought the land, with the little birds safely hidden away in the bush on the perimeter, but now they abound near the house, in the gardens we have created. I feel very satisfied and a wee bit proud.