Attract Summer Birds
July 3, 2017
We know that trees are an essential part of our urban and suburban landscapes. They shade our homes from the harsh summer sun and convert a great deal of carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe. They are so aesthetically pleasing that they raise the property values in your neighborhood. In addition to those important qualities, trees host many of our familiar year-round birds, like cardinals, mockingbirds and blue jays. Their branches grant a place to perch and hide from predators and they provide food for birds as well.
All sorts of insects buzz around in the canopy, far out of our line of vision, but easy for birds to see and catch. All of our native trees have numerous insects that eat them and that protein is critical to the diet of birds. When your trees are in their best health, they have more to contribute. The more diversity of trees you have in your area, particularly the native species, the more birds you can attract.
Keep an eye out for these feathered friends:
With a silhouette that is similar to a cardinal, Tufted titmouse has a distinctive feather tuft on their head. They are quite a bit smaller than cardinals and less colorful, but still beautiful. Listen for, then look for, the tiny, black and white Chickadees calling the lovely sound of their name: chick-a-dee-dee-dee. Carolina Wrens have a more musical song that will also help you to spot their brown feathers and pointed beaks among the leaves.
3 Trees to Attract Birds to Your Landscape
Oak trees have the largest number of moth and butterfly caterpillar species so they are one of the best options when considering attracting birds to our landscapes.
Redbud is not only a great decorative choice, but because it's a smaller, understory tree, it furnishes lower level refuge underneath your taller shade trees.
A highly recommended, tough and adaptable shade tree, with small leaves that easily decompose after they drop is Cedar Elm, which also has seeds enjoyed by birds in fall.
Even a small tree can make a quick stop for a bird to rest. Make sure to provide water near the base of trees to encourage more visitors to drop by your yard so you can enjoy watching them.