Drawing birds to your lawn with various feeders are fun to interact with our furry friends. Still, the eventual aim is to construct an organic yard bird-feeding ecosystem that attracts a broader range of birds and is much more productive and cost-effective. That is not to suggest we have entirely removed the feeders. For example, our feeding station provides numerous hours of entertainment. It’s daily enjoyment that one can’t imagine not having.
The appearance and quality of the feeders are essential considerations when purchasing. However, the actual expense of birds feeding is the weekly or monthly seed prices, which build up over time. Specialty seed, suet, mealworms, the possibilities are limitless. These concentrated feeding areas for birds can also attract unwelcome guests to our gardens, such as an excess of rats and mice. Keep them at a distance as much as possible.
Not to mention the alarming truth that seed-eating birds constitute only a tiny fraction of the bird species that may visit our yards. Despite our considerable expenses and effort to feed the birds, we are seriously underserving a significant portion of the bird species who place seeds in a low position on their favorite foods list. A garden or portions of the garden dedicated to naturally enticing birds is a superb method to see a wider diversity of birds in their native environment.
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) is a suckering shrub or small tree that grows to a height of 3 to 19 feet and bears racemes of flowers accompanied by the fruit that ranges from bright crimson to black. It is native to the northwestern part of the United States and southern Canada. Despite the presence of tent caterpillars, the plant is an important food source for original pets beast birds. The tent caterpillars are an extra advantage for bird watchers. Chokeberry fruit ripens from July to October but does not fall to the ground, instead hanging on the branches across the whole winter, supplying winter food for up to 70 kinds of birds.
American Cranberry Bush
American Cranberry Bush (Viburnum Trilobum) and other viburnums The American cranberry is a medium-sized shrub (8-10 feet tall and broad) with white clusters of spring blooms and magnificent rusty red autumn leaves. However, it’s the berries on this viburnum that stand out. Viburnums may be cultivated as shrubs or small trees and come in various varieties. Visitors to your viburnums may include robins, bluebirds, thrushes, catbirds, cardinals, finches, and mourning doves, among others.
Blackberries are a fantastic option for a yard corner that you don’t mind handing to the birds (although they are deemed invasive in specific locations). The prickly shrubs protect nesting birds, and since blackberries ripen at almost the end of spring and the beginning of summer, they offer a rich food supply throughout the breeding season. Among the birds frequently attracted to your blackberry bushes are warblers, orioles, tanagers, thrashers, mockingbirds, catbirds, and robins.
Beautyberry Bushes (Callicarpa Americana), Even if these bushes had no benefit to birds, I would still cultivate them in the garden since they are so beautiful. But their magnificent purple berries grow in clumps close to the stems of the branches and attract birds to your yard, rendering them such appealing small shrubs. Mockingbirds, Robins, Brown Thrashers, and Northern Bobwhites are among the birds attracted to these vibrant purple fruits, which may not be frequent visitors to your feeders.