Maybe you’re a bird watcher, or maybe you just love to have birds around. Regardless your reason there are many ways you can bring more birds to your garden or land.
You can go the traditional route by providing food to your winged friends, depending on the bird; birds eat berries, fruits, nuts, seeds and insects. You can either put these items into bird feeders or you can grow the plants that provide these items to the birds.
Before you order plants and start planting, make sure the types of plants you are planting will work in your zone.
Annuals: Celosia, Cosmos, Marigolds, Sunflowers and Zinnia’s all provide seeds
Shrubs: Juniper, Holly, Wintergreen and Oregon Grape, Winterberry, Cranberry, Honeysuckle, Serviceberry, Elder, and Quince
Trees: Crab Apple, Mountain Ash, Chokecherry, Mulberry, Hawthorn and Mountain Ash
Perennials: Ornamental grasses, asters, globe thistle and black-eyed Susan
Now that you have provided your birds with an adequate food source if you want to keep them around and not just visiting for food you will need to supply good solid shelters and nesting sites.
Tips for bird houses
Place away from predators, if birds don’t feel safe they will look for another location.
Place birdhouses away from main activity, birds don’t want to be disturbed while nesting.
If you are not by a body of water you will also have to provide a water source, this could be a small birdbath or even a small fountain. Water needs to be changed as bacteria will be build up. During the winter months you will have to change the water frequently, or purchase a birdbath heater.
Lastly, do your homework, for example is you have a mosquito problem you will want to see if the bird Purple Martin is in your area, these birds love to live in a colony and there are special bird houses for these types of birds. You will need to make sure the birdhouse you purchase is cleaned out yearly as new colonies of Purple Martin will not move into a house, which has traces of the past colony still there.
Purple Martins are a beautiful bird that serves a function by riding your grounds of many mosquitoes. If you’re into gardening and worried about insects taking over, research the insects and birds in your area that consume them.