Landscaping for Bird Watching
Landscaping can work wonders to attract more birds to your garden and bird feeder. Here’s how.
Bird feeders are a great first step, but there are birds you may be missing out on because they are not seed-eating birds. Many types of birds prefer to eat berries, fruit and insects. You can reach these birds by creating a more bird-friendly garden.
Creating a Bird-Friendly Garden
Bird feeders are a great first step to bringing a variety of birds to your garden, but there are birds you may be missing out on because they are not seed-eating birds.
Many types of birds prefer to eat berries, fruit and insects. You can reach these birds by creating a more bird-friendly garden.
To create your own bird haven, you will want to start with the three essentials: food, water and shelter. We have included some suggestions for creating your own little bird sanctuary in your garden.
Bird feeders are a great start, but also consider planting some fruit-or-berry-bearing shrubs and trees.
Plants that hold their fruit throughout the winter are an even greater benefit in the colder months. Ask at your local garden centre or nursery for some suggestions of plants that would be ideal for your area and for the birds you might attract.
A good water source, like a birdbath, fountain or a small pond, will help attract birds to your yard. All birds need water, not just for drinking, but also for keeping clean. Be sure to keep your birdbath clean and refill it often so water will be available to the birds when they need a drink or bath, especially in hot weather.
An area of dense plants or shrubs that birds can use for nesting is ideal for helping birds make a shelter.
Growing vines up your house or garden is also a good option for providing birds with a sheltered area. Finally, placing a birdhouse in your yard is a nice addition for attracting nesting birds.
Landscaping Using Bird-Friendly Plants
Here is a list of some bird friendly plants and trees that you may want to consider:
The bramble, or blackberry, produces berries that aren’t just popular with humans: birds love them too. And the thorns provide additional shelter for nests.
Many birds eat the flowers, buds and fruits of this tree, which also provides good cover and nest areas.
These shrubs can have green or red stems, so they add colour to your garden in the winter – and the clusters of berries provide food for birds.
Also known as Viburnum, this shrub is available in many varieties – most produce berries that are popular with birds.
This common hedgerow shrub produces haws in autumn that are eaten by many bird species, and it also provides shelter for nests.
This prickly evergreen shrub provides excellent protection for nesting birds, and the berries are eaten by a range of birds.
Many birds will eat the berries that grow on this climbing plant. Since it’s evergreen, it also provides shelter all year round.
Berries are produced by these trees in July and August and are a favourite of many species of birds.
These evergreens offer shelter and nest areas for birds all year round.
Sometimes called the Juneberry, this medium-sized tree grows impressive white flowers in the spring, and the reddish-purple fruits that appear later are snapped up by visiting birds.
The cones produced by these trees generate seeds that birds eat in the autumn and winter.