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Birds - Inviting Them Into Your Garden
love birds. They are our constant companions out in the garden.
Their songs keep us happy all day. We feel so honored that they
choose to live in our gardens, our nursery and near our home.
As we have watched our birds, we've learned a great deal about
their behavior and why they do what they do. We've watched them
build nests in our shrubs and trees, in nestboxes and in our pasture.
We've learned to recognize their warning calls when we get to close
to their nests. We've watched them strip the fruit off of dogwoods
and viburnums, and bring their babies up to our suet feeders.
also very protective of our birds. When the birds suddenly freeze
in place at our feeders, we know a predator is nearby. We've learned
that planting shrubs or trees near feedingstations offers a quick
escape for birds from predators. Placing thorny branches in a circle
around the spillzone under feeders deters cats from pouncing on
birds has taught us alot about what they need to survive. Like us,
they need the obvious: food, water, shelter and a place to raise
their young. But how you provide the four essential things really
determines how happy and successful your birds will be.
Just like us, they have certain preferences for food, where they
want to build a nest and what they will tolerate as risks or intrusions
on their lives. To offer birds a safe, comforting place to live,
we need to provide them with the best habitat possible. Plants for
birds helps us do that.
With the information we have on this site, we hope that you can
learn all about what birds need so that they will want to live in
your yard, too.
On our Web site you can learn more about gardening for birds and
order plants that will make your yard more friendly for birds.
Here is a list of our favorite Web sites that offer a great deal
of information about birds and opportunities for you to participate
in bird-related activities.
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