Nothing says spring like the sweet sounds of songbirds. As
warmer temperatures begin to arrive, so do the many familiar sounds
of spring, including the songs of returning migrant birds.
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
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.