Baffles and Poles
Squirrel Corn Feeder
Bird Bath, Heated Automatic
Seven types of plants are important as bird habitat:
Conifers are evergreen trees and shrubs that include pines,
spruces, firs, arborvitae, junipers, cedars, and yews. These plants
are important as escape cover, winter shelter and summer
nesting sites. Some also provide sap, fruits and seeds.
Grasses and Legumes
Grasses and legumes can provide cover for ground nesting
birds-but only if the area is not mowed during the nesting season.
Some grasses and legumes provide seeds as well. Native
prairie grasses are becoming increasingly popular for
Nectar-producing plants are very popular for attracting
hummingbirds and orioles. Flowers with tubular red corollas are
especially attractive to hummingbirds. Other trees, shrubs, vines
and flowers also can provide nectar for hummingbirds.
This category includes plants that produce fruits or berries from
May through August. In the summer these plants can attract brown
thrashers, catbirds, robins, thrushes, waxwings, woodpeckers,
orioles, cardinals, towhees and grosbeaks. Examples of
summer-fruiting plants are various species of cherry,
chokecherry, honeysuckle, raspberry, serviceberry, blackberry,
blueberry, grape, mulberry, plum and elderberry
This landscape component includes shrubs and vines whose
fruits ripen in the fall. These foods are important both for
migratory birds which build up fat reserves before migration and
as a food source for nonmigratory species that need to enter the
winter season in good physical condition. Fall-fruiting plants
include dogwoods, mountain ash, winter-berries, cottoneasters
Winter-fruiting plants are those whose fruits remain attached to
the plants long after they first become ripe in the fall. Many are not
palatable until they have frozen and thawed many times.
Examples are glossy black chokecherry, Siberian and "red
splendor" crabapple, snowberry, bittersweet, sumacs, American
highbush cranberry, eastern and European wahoo, Virginia
creeper, and Chinaberry.
Nut and Acorn Plants
These include oaks, hickories, buckeyes, chestnuts, butternuts,
walnuts and hazels. A variety of birds, such as jays, woodpeckers
and titmice, eat the meats of broken nuts and acorns These
plants also contribute to good nesting habitat.