Gardening’s for the Birds

Gardening’s for the Birds

American Goldfinch #770680, courtesy of stock.xchngIt’s almost time. I can feel it; more importantly, I can hear it. An occasional twitter pokes through shrubs—nubby with new growth—to remind me the birds are a comin’.

And when they do, they’ll start building homes and families, laying eggs and dive-bombing unsuspecting gardeners. I can already picture them swooping down on me, chiding me for inadvertently getting too close to their precious progeny. (Every year I have at least one Alfred Hitchcock flashback to the movie The Birds)

All that aside, I truly love sharing my garden with my fine feathered friends, and in fact try to give them reason to return year after year (other than the delight of dive-bombing me). A few particular favorites I keep my eyes open for are:

For practical advice on wooing some northwest birds to your neck of the woods, check out these books:

Unfortunately, as with most things, you get the good with the bad when it comes to gardening for the birds. Woodpeckers, excessive bird droppings, and seed hulls are topics covered in a Q&A website posted by the Wild Bird Shop – A Unique Nature Store on the Oregon Coast.

The chart listed under this question is particularly helpful: How do I attract (insert your favorite bird) to my yard?

And for bird-feeding products, bird houses, and nature articles, check out the Northwest Nature Shop. Maybe gardening really is just for the birds—but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun!

  • Kathleen
    Posted at 09:31h, 21 April Reply

    The good news is that it’s not too difficult to keep out the unwanted birds. Sonic and Ultrasonic bird deterrent units are available that can be set to specifically target your unwanted bird. It doesn’t harm the birds or the environment. Woodpecker Pro for example will simply scare woodpeckers away, but shouldn’t effect the hummingbirds or other pleasant feathered visitors.


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