Birds add music, color, and movement to any landscape. Well-stocked feeders and reliable water sources encourage them to stay, and possibly nest, in your yard.
Early spring is a great time to put up a thistle feeder. You will need a feeder or thistle sock expressly made for this small seed. (Thistle will spill out of feeders made for larger seed.) The reward is well worth the investment! American Goldfinches, which put on “olive drab” plumage for the winter, are now beginning to molt into their fine golden plumage. Watch carefully as they patronize your feeder, and you’ll see them change into their spring finery.
Rohsler’s has just what you need to attract birds to your garden. You’ll find an array of birdhouses and birdbaths, top-quality seed, and all sorts of feeders.
Enhance your feeder setup by adding suet, which provides birds from the Black-capped Chickadee to the Northern Cardinal with an extra blast of fuel. Woodpeckers particularly enjoy suet. In our area, you are likely to see Red-bellied, Hairy, and Downy woodpeckers coming to your feeder.
Songbirds (also called passerines or perching birds) prefer to visit feeders that feature good cover – plantings that act as emergency exits. Place feeders near shrubs, trees, and garden plants that allow birds to arrive and leave the feeding station as safely as possible.
The plants, trees, and shrubs you choose to grow in your garden will also attract birds. Many shrubs, including Rhododendrons and Forsythia, provide excellent cover for nesting birds such as Northern Mockingbirds and American Robins. Birds also visit Coneflowers and Holly.
Hummingbirds gravitate toward tube-shaped flowers, and particularly favor red blossoms. Try Salvia, Lantana, and Agastache to bring hummingbirds into your garden. In the eastern United States, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the expected species, but watch for visitors from other parts of the country. Rufous, Allen’s, and Calliope hummingbirds have been spotted in our area – and other species are possible.
Caution: Backyard birders run the risk of becoming bird chasers (what the British call “twitchers”). Chasers are known for dropping everything, jumping in the car, and sometimes traveling great distances to see a rare bird. Consider yourself warned!
Rohsler's Allendale Nursery
100 Franklin Tpke
Allendale, NJ 07401-2231