We lost some trees
Due to late summer and autumn storms here on the Cape, We lost a 50' 30-year-old maple in our back yard, and a 20' maple and 20' cherry from the edge of the conservation area bordering our yard.
Now the whole yard looks completely bare, that side of the house is now unprotected from heavy winds, and the birds, which used to have the shelter of the big maple, are coming to our feeders in fewer numbers. We want to plant some trees to replace the big maple, but nothing that will grow as large.
We're thinking of possibly putting in a native species, and personally I'd like a small-ish decorative flowering tree or something that will attract birds; but honestly, I have no real idea what to plant, when to plant it, or how to go about it.
Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.