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Gardening For Birders

Fatbirder's Garden (with bird feeder)

This section is devoted to gardeners in search of information on what flowers and shrubs will attract birds to their garden [yard].

Being close to nature, many gardeners are also avid bird watchers. Different fruiting and seed bearing plants will attract different birds. In many countries flowers will also attract birds such as honeyeaters in Australia, Hummingbirds in the Americas and sunbirds in Asia and Africa. Many plants attract insects which, in turn, attract insect-eating birds.

Plants are not just food sources but offer shelter to roost and nest sites too. In many parts of the developed world gardens are becoming increasingly important to birds in urban environments and where agriculture is intensive. Responsible gardeners will try to keep chemical use to the absolute minimum and try to garden organically.

Remember too that the tidiest gardens are often the least attractive to wildlife… rotting wood, native plants (weeds) and untended corners are often the very best places for the food chain to be in action.

How will you know what plants to grow to attract your favourite bird? The answer is you won't know without a little research. The websites in this section will speed your research and your efforts to create the perfect garden habitat for your favourite birds.

Apart from what you grow many of us take great pleasure in watching birds at bird tables and feeders. Not all such devices are the same and often what is best for the birds may be the least attractive garden ornament - beware there are many products sold that attract gardeners but not birds! The same is true of nest boxes - simple constructs of natural materials are far better than flashy boxes made of plastic.

Whatever you choose to offer birds remember that food and water are most needed when weather makes either less available naturally; when water is frozen or puddles dried through drought. What is more, it is now accepted wisdom to feed all year round not just in the winter months… birds feeding young in spring and summer will do better if there is a constant source of easily available food suitable for them to feed themselves and their brood.

To my mind there is little to compete with sitting in your garden on a warm summer evening surrounded by bird song - happy bird gardening!

Useful Reading

Attracting Birds to Southern Gardens

Thomas Pope, et al / Hardcover / Published 1993

Cooking for Birds

Cooking for Birds - Fun recipes to entice birds to your garden by Mark Golley New Holland 2006
See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 1845372581

Buy this book from NHBS.com

For the Birds! - A Handy Guide to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard

Anne Moyer Halpin, Lauren Jarrett (Illustrator) Paperback 1996

Landscaping for Florida's Wildlife: Recreating Native Ecosystems in Your Own Backyard

Joseph M. Schaefer, George Walden Tanner Paperback 1998

The Bird Garden

Stephen W. Kress (National Audubon Society)Hardcover 1995

The Birder's Book, Journal Your Backyard Birds

Wendy S. Mueller - 2000 - Potpourri Press, PO Box 28, Le Sueur, MN 56058

The Garden Bird Year - A Seasonal Guide to Enjoying the Birds in Your Garden

By Roy Beddard - New Holland Publishers 2007

The Wildlife Garden: Planning Backyard Habitats

Charlotte Seidenberg Hardcover Paperback 1995

Blogs

Shirl's Gardenwatch

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Blog garden diary with video of visiting birds to a Perthshire garden…

Other Links

Bird Gardens - Flowers and Plants to Attract Wildlife

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Once you have gained the basics of wildlife gardening, it’s easy to attract beautiful birds to your garden. All types of wildlife are in search of three primary things: food, water and shelter. Each of these requirements can be acquired through the proper flowers and plants. Gardeners who create a diversified landscape can see a large rise in the number of bird species seen throughout the year. Bird gardens can also add beauty to the landscape and a place for bird watchers to observe and learn…

British Garden Birds

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British Garden Birds is about the birds that visit an urban garden in Sheffield, England, and will help you to identify, understand, help and enjoy these and other common garden birds…

Build Yourself a Nestbox

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Wildlife Products For The Wildlife Gardener…

Fatgardener

Blog

A view into the critters in my tiny postage stamp garden…

Flowers and Plants to Attract Birds and other Wildlife

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There are many reasons people choose to attract birds and other wildlife to their yards. One might be for the pure enjoyment of watching the animals, and another might be that they provide company. Whatever your reason, there are some things you can do in your yard to attract birds, insects, butterflies, and other kinds of animals. If you are wanting more birds in your yard, there are a variety of landscaping methods you can utilize. If it is your desire to attract specific kinds of birds, there are ways to do that as well. There are also certain kinds of flowers and plants that can be used to get the attention of birds and other wildlife, including butterflies and insects that are beneficial to the garden.

Garden Birdwatching

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This is an amateur site created by garden bird enthuiasts and all the content used here is our own. The purpose of the site is to share an interest in garden birds and perhaps help others to appreciate their garden visitors. For people starting an interest in birding or for those with a casual interest, identification of your garden birds may be a problem that I hope that this site can help you deal with…

Garden Nature

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Gardenature (formally Wig Wam Wild Cams) is the place to discover, learn and share everything about garden birds and garden wildlife…

Gardeners Net

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So you're like me….. You love watching birds of all sorts find their way to your back yard. Hopefully, they will become permanent, or at least seasonal residents. There are three requirements for success in attracting birds to your yard and feeders. It should come as no surprise to you that these three necessary ingredients for success are food, water, and shelter.

Gardening for Birdwatchers

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Joseph Addison, the English essayist and Whig politician, once remarked that he valued his garden more for being full of Blackbirds than of cherries and 'very frankly gave them [the Blackbirds] fruit for their songs.' These sentiments find resonance in many of us; a nation of gardeners gleaning enjoyment from most, though not necessarily all, of the wildlife that a garden supports.

Gardening For Wildlife [USA]

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A site dedicated to native wildlife gardening for birds, butterflies and other wildlife….

Pat & Clay Sutton

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Pat Sutton lives near Cape May, New Jersey, the world renowned migratory crossroads that is famous for its hawk, owl, songbird, shorebird, and Monarch butterfly migration. She has keenly studied the natural world for over 30 years.

Some Great Plants for Attracting Birds in Central North Carolina

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Birds require food, shelter, and water just as humans do. If you want to see more birds in your yard, try to provide all three. In addition to the suggestions below, be sure to put up a few birdhouses to help out the cavity nesters, consider leaving dead trees and stumps for woodpecker food, and provide water. Water can be as simple as a traditional concrete bird bath on a pedestal or as complex as a water feature with recirculating pumps and waterfalls. The water should be shallow, else the birds might not be able to use it…

Songbird Garden

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SongbirdGarden.com is a premier internet source for quality wild bird care, home and garden décor, and unique gift products inspired by nature. We specialize in delivering an excellent selection of wild bird feeders, bird houses, bird baths, wild bird food, and other birding accessories…

Texas Birds-n-Gardens

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Michele is my name and I would like to welcome you to my newly revised personal web site. If you are fond of wild birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and gardening please spend a few minutes exploring these pages and feel free to correspond…

Ultimate Guide to Nest Boxes

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Why You Should Have Them, and How to Build Your Own...

Wildlife Gardener

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Wildlife Gardener contains over 50 articles all written by our team of experts and we add around new 10 articles each month…

Wildlife Gardening with Jenny Steel

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I have moved to Shropshire. New garden, new bird list! Yellowhammers in my hedge, both willow and marsh tit at the feeders and Welsh red kites around…