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Create Bird Habitats in Your Landscape
Create suitable habitats for birds through landscaping. Gardeners can provide birds with the things they need to survive and birds can provide gardeners with hours of enjoyment in the backyard.
Woodpecker on Snag
Make the environment inviting
Planning a landscape that is suitable for birds is easy. Sketch the existing landscape, making note of all structures, plantings and topographical features. Choose areas to plant trees and shrubs that birds can utilize. Annuals and perennials that flower throughout the season attract insects that birds may feed on. Standing dead trees will provide habitats for birds such as woodpeckers.
After making plant choices that provide food, shelter and cover for birds, artificial features should be considered. Water sources such as birdbaths, fountains and ponds may be added to landscapes to attract birds. The features should be in the open away from any place cats and other predators can hide. Rocks and water plants add to a water feature’s attractiveness to birds as well as keeping the water fresh. Man made birdhouses can be installed. These should be placed in sheltered spots near a shrub or tree. Finally, birdfeeders can be added. All bird feeders should be placed in the open near some sort of cover. Baffles and guards should be placed on mounting poles of both birdfeeders and houses to prevent predation..
Trees and Shrubs for Birds
Blue jays, sparrows, acorn woodpeckers
Robins, purple finches, mourning doves, warblers, sparrows
Towhees, thrashers, mockingbirds
Warblers, grosbeaks, goldfinches
Nesting, late summer fruit
Bell’s vireos, summer tanagers
Late summer fruit
Eastern Red Cedar
Nesting, winter fruit
Sparrows, robins, mock-ingbirds, many others
Winterberry Dec. Holly
Late winter fruit
Robins, blackbirds, cedar waxwings
Attracting birds to one’s yard by birdscaping can be rewarding. Birds are not only beautiful and fun to watch, but also provide control of adult insects, grubs, and caterpillars. By improving suburban and urban landscapes, people can help replace bird habitat that has been reduced or destroyed by development. To learn more about attracting birds to your landscape, contact the Gwinnett County Extension Service at (678) 377-4010.
Squirrel proof feeders
Spinners, flippers, trapdoors prevent pesky squirrels from robbing feeders
Feeds many birds at once
Plastic tube with staggered holes
Glass feeders filled with sugar water (1 part sugar, 4 parts water; no red dye needed; boil and cool before use)
Wire suspended suet cake. Birds often hang upside down to feed.
Narrow tube feeders
Suction cups attach feeder to window