Birdwatching is a popular activity in Los Angeles. The area is home to a wide range of species. And the best thing is, you don’t have to go anywhere to see them – you can attract them right to your own backyard.
Creating a bird-friendly landscape – birdscaping – is a great way to attract birds to your property. The White-crowned sparrow, Bushtit, American goldfinch, American robin, mourning dove, Northern mockingbird, California scrub-jay, red-winged blackbird, rose-ringed parakeet, and Allen’s hummingbird are just a few of the visitors you can expect to see when you put out the welcome mat.
Birds have a few basic needs – food, water, and places to shelter and nest. So it makes sense that they would be attracted to areas that provide these needs. A bird-friendly landscape provides for all these needs.
Feed Your Feathered Friends
Probably the easiest way to attract birds is to provide them with food. Just put out a few feeders full of seed. It won’t take long for the news to get out and before you know it, you’ll have a steady stream of regular visitors.
Not all birds are seed eaters. Planting colorful flowers will attract nectar feeders, such as hummingbirds. Sage, lupine, columbine, fireweed, and azalea are just a few of their favorites. Fruit-bearing trees and bushes are alluring to birds that like fruit. Examples include California coffeeberry, wild grapes, wild blackberry, gooseberry, and California holly. Many of these plants attract unwanted insect guests – the perfect meal for mockingbirds, robins, bluebirds, woodpeckers, and other insect-eating birds.
Give Them Something to Drink
Water is as important as food for attracting foods. Birdbaths provide a simple way to provide a much-needed drink to your yard’s feathered visitors. They are available in a variety of styles so you’re sure to find one that fits your landscaping theme. You can also consider a shallow pond or fountain. Along with the bright colors of flowers and fruit, birds are also attracted by the sound of dripping or moving water. Your water source should not be more than an inch deep and placed in a shaded area safe from cats and other predators.
Birds Need a Place to Shelter and Nest
Creating a bird-friendly landscape includes planting trees, bushes, and plants that provide shelter from the elements and predators as well as a place to raise a family. There are many options to choose from, but native species will probably get the best results. Bird houses and bird boxes can provide shelter as well.
To provide the best protection, plants and trees should be clustered closely together. The denser, the better. Lush, thickly-foliaged trees and bushes are ideal for this purpose.
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