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On 13, Jun 2010 | No Comments | In wildlife | By All Year Garden

If your garden is a lush, thriving environment, you are sure to receive some winged visitors, some of which may choose to stay and build their nests next to yours.  If you would like to attract more of them, provide them with what they need: food, shelter and water.

A bird bath is an old time favorite and greatly enjoyed by your fine feathered friends during sunny summer days. If you have tall mature trees in your yard, you will notice nests being built and rebuilt every year.

As far as food goes, there are lots of flowers that provide an abundance of food for goldfinches, doves, robins, sparrows, cardinal birds and even a woodpecker or two. Ornamental grasses, crab apples, flowering dogwood, goldenrod, thistle, roses, zinnias, cosmos, echinacea, sunflowers, black eyed susans and rudbeckia are just a few examples.

Honeysuckle, morning glory, azalea, lantana, and butterfly bush will attract humming birds.

Make sure to provide high calorie food for the birds in winter, when their resources are scarce and their metabolic needs are higher.

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