Birding is such a fun and engaging pastime that it can be hard to imagine that there is any need for safety concern. However, just like with any outdoor activity, everything form sun protection to personal security should be taken into precaution. The following are some tips to keep you safe when you're out birding.
The countdown for spring has begun (for me, it started the first time the thermometer plunged below freezing)! It isn’t too early to start planning for your garden. Put your yard to work this year by growing the plants that attract your favorite birds. Read on for a list of popular backyard birds and the plants they love.
Hummingbirds: According to Bird Watcher’s Digest, gardening for Hummingbirds is among the easiest of all bird species. The list is long and includes plants and flowers that beginning gardeners (or those of us whose green thumb leaves something to be desired) can grow with little effort. Southern states and the Pacific coast can expect to offer plants year-round, while colder climates should plan for a summer garden when hummers are most prevalent.
Look for plants with red or pink cone-shaped blossoms, and check seed packets or nurseries to determine how well the plant will grow in your region.
|Bleeding Heart||Citrus||Flowering Quince||Red Morning Glory|
|Canna Lily||Flowering Crabapple||Hibiscus||Trumpet Creeper|
Adding attractive hummingbird feeders among these plants will help you get the most out of your feeder and the effort you put into planting. However, please be aware that Hummingbirds and bees are attracted to similar plants.
Bluebirds: Bluebirds are attracted to various trees and shrubs both for the food that they provide and shelter. When selecting your plants, keep in mind that some varieties require both the male and female plant to produce the fruit that attracts the Bluebirds.
|Male/Female Plant Required||Trees||Shrubs||Vines|
|American Holly||Eastern Red, Rocky Mt Cedar||American Blackberry||American Bittersweet|
|Black Tupelo||Black, Pin Cherry||Gray, Red-oiser, Silky Dogwood||Wild Grape|
|Deciduous Holly||Flowering, Alternate-leaf Dogwood||Pasture Rose||Mistletoe|
|Common Winterberry||Red Mulberry||Smooth, Staghorn Sumac||Virginia Creeper|
Growing a combination of trees, shrubs, and vines, along with offering specific bluebird feeders and houses, and a water source will help attract these beautiful songbirds to your yard.
Be sure to leave some room in your garden or landscape design for feeders, shelter, and a water source for any bird you hope to attract!