How to Attract Birds to Your Landscape in Spring

Birders know that Spring is the best time of year for bird watching.  There are many ways you can make your landscape a more hospitable place for birds this time of year, further beautifying your surroundings with the addition of these fantastic little creatures.     

What Plants Attract Birds:

According to the Audubon Society’s Guide to Attracting Birds, if you are trying to bring more birds to your backyard “the single best thing to do is plant native shrubs, vines, and trees.” Native plants are best suited for the native birds’ needs, plus native plants can weather the big temperature swings we experience here in Atlanta.  Layering trees, shrubs, plants and grasses of varying heights can provide many benefits for birds, including a natural windbreak, temporary shelter or a safe nesting area.

Provide a Clean Water Source:

Providing a clean, fresh water source is another great way to entice birds into your landscape.  Birds can use the water for both bathing and drinking.  Ideally, bird baths are shallow and elevated off the ground, typically offering 1-2 inches of clean water on a pedestal.  The sound of a fountain can help advertise its availability.   Paired with food and shelter, your bird bath will offer a great “bed and breakfast” location – or even a final destination – for the birds on their journey.

Spring Cleaning Tips for your Birdfeeder:

Spring cleaning includes the bird feeder!  Freshen up your feeders by emptying old seed and sanitizing with highly diluted, unscented dishwashing detergent or bleach (9 parts water to 1 part cleaning solution, then rinse the feeder thoroughly with water).    A bottle brush or old toothbrush can help remove any stubborn debris.  This process will help eliminate any mold or bacteria that accumulated over the winter. 

What Birds to Watch for in March and April:

Keep an eye out for these birds, which are abundant here in Atlanta during the months of March and April: Mourning Doves, Chimney Swifts, Blue Jays, Carolina Chickadees, Hummingbirds, Tufted Titmouse, American Robins, Northern Mockingbird, European Starlings, White-throated Sparrows and Northern Cardinals.  For the Atlanta Audubon Society’s comprehensive list of birds to watch for in Atlanta during any season, click here.  For help creating an inviting landscape complete with native plants and an attractive water feature, contact us today!

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