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.

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Bird-Friendly Garden

Bird Food |  Water |  Shelter

 

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 Food

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.

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Water

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.

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Bird Shelter

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.

Bird-Friendly Plants