Winter is for the Birds
The snow has been falling and so have the temperatures. This is a good time to remind us that small gestures of kindness can even be extended to our feathered friends. If you like to see birds, you need to provide shelter and food sources to keep them in your yard.
Planting trees, shrubs, and perennials that birds like to feed on and nest in will encourage them into your yard.
Trees and shrubs that produce berries will provide the birds with a source of fuel. Especially the migratory birds so they can make it to their destinations.
Serviceberry trees and Eastern Redbuds are great examples of trees the birds love. Junipers (including red cedar) produce berries that the birds will enjoy.
Red Oaks and Lindens are examples of canopy trees that will provide shelter and food for the birds.
Most of us know to feed the birds by putting out seeds in bird feeders, but they also need a source of hydration. So if you are feeding the birds, consider adding a water feature such as a birdbath. There are so many different styles to choose from and one will be perfect in your landscape. Make sure you keep the birdbath clean as dirty water can be a hazard to the birds. There are heated bird baths that are available to use during these cold winter months. The birds will love their fresh water!
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Maya Angelou