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Ipswich Department Manager
Gloucester Department Manager
Plantings for Birds
by Rick Heil
Besides feeding birds, there are many other actions you can take to improve your garden or properties attractiveness to native birds. Planting trees, shrubs, and other plants that provide food, cover, and nest sites is probably the single most important thing one can do to attract birds year round. Evergreens provide dense cover and therefore protection from neighborhood predators such as roaming house cats and patrolling Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks. Fruiting plants, particularly those producting fruits that persist into the critical winter months will attract a wide range of wintering frugivores (fruit-eating birds), including American Robins, Cedar Waxwings, Hermit Thrushes, Northern Mockingbirds, and White-throated Sparrows. Tubular shaped flowers, especially red ones, may attract hummingbirds (and many butterfly species). a birdbath or other shallow water feature, especially one with a drip tube set-up, will attract many resident birds and even migrating warblers and tanagers.
The follwoing plants are particularly recommended for attrracting birds, although there are certainly many other additional plants also worthy of consideration:
Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis):
Native evergreen forest tree with short flat needles. Provides excellent cover and nest sites, and foraging habitat, for many species of birds. Small cones may attract winter finches in colder months.
Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii):
Tough, extremely salt tolerant needled evergreen tree that also grows well in poor sandy soils. Abundant cones in winter may lure crossbills and Pine Siskins in flight years.
Flowering Crab (Malus sp.):
Recommended varieties include 'Zumi', 'Sargent', and 'Red Jade' cultivars that all produce the smaller 1/2 inch fruits preferred by robins, waxwings, and Purple Finches, among other.
Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea)"
'Mohave' is a hardy variety well suited for our zone (6) that produces abundant clusters of brilliant orange berries devoured by many birds.
Blue Princess Holly (Ilex x meserve):
This popular and familiar broadleaf evergreen produces an abundance of bright red winter fruits loved by wintering robins, waxwings, Hermit Thrushes, and Northern Mockingbirds.
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata):
Including 'Winter Red' and the compact 'Red Sprite'; These deciduous (lose leaves in winter) hollies are striking in winter, showing abundant flashes of bright red berries on bare branches, a vivid scene after a fresh snowfall. Ensuring hungry flocks of robins and waxwings will descend en masse on these shrubs, and a Northern Mockingbird may take up a winter residence in your garden just because of them.
FLOWERING SHRUBS for HUMMINGBIRDS
Texas Scarlet Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa):
Red-flowers in early spring, when little else is blooming, are a sure draw for nectaring Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles.
Trumpetvine (Campsis radicans):
Large orange or red tubular flowers attract hummingbirds.