Jul 21, 2015 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, August 2015

What's In Your Yard?

Waiting for other birds to vacate a nearby feeder, a Townsend's warbler visits a Rosemary bush.
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Now that summer is in full bloom, take an inventory of the plants growing in your yard. Perhaps the birds have disappeared from your feeders, as they often do this time of year. When natural food sources, such as weed and flower seeds, berries, and insects are abundant, birds often opt for them instead of seeds at birdfeeders.

If birds have vanished from your yard, perhaps they are trying to tell you something about your landscaping. Birds prefer landscapes that are a bit wild and unkempt. Can you find a spot to grow food and shelter for the birds—plants that provide natural habitat for them? Can you find a place for a perennial vine? An evergreen? A berry-producing bush? Offering the birds abundant natural food sources and safe places to hide will give them more reasons to frequent your yard.



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    by pmalcpoet, Mon, 20 Dec 2021
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    by Brian Tremback, Sun, 14 Nov 2021
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    by Paul Harabaras, Thu, 04 Nov 2021
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    by Anne Sheffield, Sat, 04 Sep 2021
  • Hi Gary, I will pass your question along to Birdsquatch next time I see him. He knows infinitely more about nocturnal wildlife than I do. Where do you live? That's pretty important in figuring out the answer. But the thief could be raccoons, deer, or flying squirrels. Do you live in the woods? Are there trees near your feeder, or must the culprit climb a shepherd's hook or pole? Dawn Hewitt, Watching Backyard Birds
    by Dawn Hewitt, Mon, 30 Aug 2021