Welcome migratory songbirds to your yard
After a long winter and tiring migration, our feathered friends need a welcoming haven to come back to. How can you ensure your yard or garden is bird-friendly?
To get you started, Lex Glover, wildlife technician with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), offers a few helpful tips for creating an outdoor space birds will flock to:
- Keep dead trees. Dead trees provide cavity-dwelling places for birds to raise young and collect insects for food. Many species will also seek shelter from bad weather inside these hollowed out trees.
- Eliminate pesticides from your yard. Even those pesticides that are not directly toxic to birds can pollute waterways and reduce insects that birds rely on for food.
- Prevent birds from hitting your windows. Move indoor plants away from windows so as not to confuse birds, or plant shrubs in front of them. Additionally, a variety of decals and treatments are available to create a visible alert to birds.
- Keep feeders and birdbaths clean. This helps birds avoid disease and can help keep mosquitoes at bay.
- Create a diverse backyard habitat. Plant native grasses, flowers and shrubs that attract local birds. A variety of plants will provide birds with food, shelter, places to raise young and even protection from predators.
Find out more about DNR’s wildlife management guide on songbirds.