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Plants for Birds

Posted by admin | Added on : March 19, 2013 7:00pm | Last edited: March 19, 2013 7:21pm | Viewed 3180 times | 0 Comments | This article is also in blooms and bushel basket


Plants for Birds
Birds bring about beauty and lively sounds to any garden. It is always a good thing to build bird feeders well supplied with suet and seed to draw birds into your garden or yard. In spite of this, birds just love to seek and find food of their own and as such, it is particularly important for them to find food on their own if and when the feeders become empty. It is here that preparing plants for birds become important.

To achieve this, there are numerous plants for birds in the form of wonderful shrubs and trees bearing berries and fruits for the fall, as well as winter months. Many birders are quite unaware of the common flowers with delicious seeds most birds love to peck and eat. The best way to do this is to allow the very last of the flowers to remain on these plants throughout the winter and then wait until the coming of spring. Apart from the  nourishment, plants for birds offer not only shelter but the necessary material for nesting too.

Birds have adapted themselves to make effective use of plants for birds that are native to a region that can provide them with food, nesting sites, cover, etc. So while planting trees and shrubs to attract birds, native plants for birds should be given preference, as they offer them food that they are used to, during the different seasons of the year in the form of fruit, seeds or just avian host sites. These native plants provide secure nesting sites as well as cover that can safeguard your birds from adverse weather conditions and predation.
Experts recommend various plants for birds based on their own observation and experience. Here are some plants for birds that are recommended by the authoritative Audubon Society:  Highbush Blueberry, Eastern Red Cedar, Southern Magnolia, Arrowwood Viburnum, Grey Dogwood, Mesquite, Big Bluestem, California Wax Myrtle, Californian Live Oak and Rocky Mountain Juniper are the hot favorites list of native plants for birds according to the Audubon Society.

 While growing plants for birds a few things are to be kept in mind. It is wiser to plant larger trees along the borders of the property as they provide a secure starting point in the case of visiting birds. Such trees are a means of escape for the birds from predators, as also shelter for winter and nesting sites for the summer. Besides, they may also provide food in the form of seeds, berries, and sap. 
Vining plants and flowering shrubs should be grown either in hedgerows or as in clumps so that it is easy for the birds to observe your yard, while concealed from the view of predators like cats. And once your birds get accustomed to foraging in your yard, thanks to all those plants for birds you have so thoughtfully grown, they are sure to be dependent on you as well as your yard and return to it time and again.




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