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When we moved into our house about 10 years ago, the yard included several nice trees and a garden area in the backyard. We’ve tried to continue the gardening of the previous owner, adding vegetable and butterfly gardens. We’ve also tried to make the yard bird-friendly – so far, so good! Those birds can be pretty noisy in the morning, but it’s fun to watch them having their dinner as we sit at our dining room table having our dinner!
Making the yard bird friendly is pretty easy. You can start with feeders – be sure to wash them out regularly to help avoid the spread of disease between birds. Include a water source or two – if you can find a water fountain that makes some splashing noise, it will help attract wildlife.
Finally, be sure to add plants that provide shelter and berries for the birds. Some easy-to-grow plants include serviceberry (or shad bush, because is blooms as the shad are migrating)
For more information about gardening for the birds, check out National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Habitat program.