Birding is in. We don’t know if it is because we are all still spending more time at home than in past decades, but it’s easy to get excited when you spot an elusive Red-necked Grebes in your backyard. Here is a primer to get you started.

Start With the Landscaping

Think natural and intentional landscaping, providing easy opportunities to nest and live in your yard. Plus, good landscaping also improves the value of your home.

  • Limit use of invasive plants.
  • Reduce your lawn area.
  • Build a small brush pile in the corner of your yard for nesting material availability.
  • Limit use of insecticides.
  • Use native plants to encourage native birds to nest in your yard.

Select Plants and Trees That Attract Birds

Native plants are always the best, though not always possible. The more variety the better. Plan a mixture of different bushes, trees and plants.

Attract the most birds with these:

  • White Oak
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Red Maple
  • American Holly
  • Sweet Bay Magnolia
  • Virginia Creeper Vine

Bird fixtures to consider:

  • Birdbaths
  • Nesting boxes
  • A variety of feeders including; tube feeders, hopper feeders, ground feeders, suet feeders, and nectar feeders
  • The right food types for the birds in your area
  • Shelters
  • Nesting materials like grass clippings, leaves, dried weeds, and pet hair

Get Watching!

Here’s the right equipment for the job.

Binoculars: Take into account magnification when choosing.

Cameras: Cameras with autofocus and a wide selection of lenses work the best.

Clothing: Wear a hat and clothing that will protect you from the sun, bugs, and heat or all three.

Next level? Invest in a Telescope. Spotting telescopes are ideal for viewing more distant birds.

Your yard can be the refuge you’ve always dreamed of for your feathered friends this year. We are happy to help.