Attract Songbirds to Your Backyard

Nothing is quite as relaxing as listening to songbirds singing in your backyard. If your backyard is lacking in these sweet melodies, discover how to attract songbirds to your backyard below.

Upon arrival in late winter or early spring, songbirds are seeking food after a long flight.  Planting flowering trees and bushes in your backyard will attract protein-rich insects for the birds to eat. By summer, songbirds are ready for fruit, so plant a few fruit-bearing trees or shrubs. Hint: berries are more easily eaten by the songbirds! In fall, berries on fruit-bearing trees like dogwoods provide fat that the birds need for long migration flights. For avian friends that will tough out the winter in your backyard, plant brush like holly bushes that will provide winter berries. Sunflowers provide sustenance for seed loving birds.

If you don’t have a babbling brook nearby, set up a couple of shallow birdbaths. Some songbirds are leery of brush where predators could hide, so place one birdbath in an open location for those birds. Other birds prefer the cover of the brush, so place one in a region like that for those birds.

Some songbirds prefer forested locations and others prefer fields or yards for nesting and shelter. For ground dwellers, last year’s unraked leaves provide a nice cover. Having plenty of trees to low brush to an open yard will attract a multitude of songbirds. Many songbirds like nesting boxes in the middle of the yard. By providing a few well-spaced nesting boxes, there is also the possibility that you will attract up to three nesters that mate in different rotations throughout the spring and summer – such as bluebirds, wrens and sparrows.

Songbirds need food, water and shelter for survival. They will return more often or stay longer if you can provide as much of these as possible.