Everything You Need to Know About Birding

Learn How to Garden for Songbirds

May 25, 2018 9:03:00 AM / by Amanda Joest

Ahhh... The lovely month of May! No matter how hard Old Man Winter tries to hold on, May just won't seem to let him. 

According to the National Wildlife Federation, May is Garden for Wildlife month, and we are celebrating by offering tips and information to turn your garden into a haven for wildlife. 

Garden for Wildlife month could not come at a better time. This week, our focus is on songbirds. You may have noticed fewer birds at your feeders day by day. And while you may miss them, this is a good thing, because they are out exercising their natural foraging instincts. 

Better Homes & Gardens offers a number of tips and ideas to start you Songbird Sanctuary. Always make sure to include the basics: fresh water, shelter, and food. 

  • A water wiggler keeps water in a pan or bird bath flowing free from algae and attracting mosquitoes 
  • Plant low shrubs and trees for emergency shelter in case birds need to hide from predators or bad weather 
  • Native plants offer the best natural food source to keep birds in your yard, but you may supplement with seed cakes or suet

Try planting fruit-bearing trees such as apple, American plum and cherry. Trees and shrubs that produce fruit and berries offer both shelter and a food source for your songbirds. Oak and maple trees are also valued both for their shelter and as a food source. 

Check out this list for other popular trees and plants to attract songbirds (check with your local nursery to find out what native varieties will be successful in your region):

Alder

Aspen

Birch

Black Cherry

Blueberry

Buckwheat

Cottonwood

Dogwood

Elderberry 

Elm

Hawthorn

Holly

Huckleberry

Juniper

Maple

Mistletoe

Mulberry

Oak

Pine

Sumac

Tulip Poplar

Virginia Creeper

Willow

 

 

Tags: Bird Watching, Gardening

Amanda Joest

Written by Amanda Joest