Foraging birds need a diet of heavy-duty foods full of sugars and fats on a regular basis to thrive over the cold winter months. Planting a winter berry bird buffet of several different types of plants not only keeps them happy and healthy, but as an added benefit, those same plants will help to attract pollinating insects when they flower next spring. Here are options (more below) that produce loads of tasty berries which will have birds flocking to your yard.
Berries are full of sugars, fats, and antioxidants with lots of the calories that birds need to survive freezing winter nights.
About: N. American native whose wintertime leafless stems are blanketed by bright berries birds adore. Zone: 3 – 7
Attracts: Towhees, thrushes, robins, grosbeaks, waxwings, pine siskins, chickadees.
TIPS FOR ATTRACTING WINTER BIRDS
Best way to bring birds to your yard this winter is to provide for their three major needs: abundant, regular food, clean water, and shelter from winds and cold. Bird-friendly landscaping includes plants like conifers and evergreens as well as those that provide food.
Plant a variety of berry-producing shrubs and vines that provide a variety of fruits at different times. You’ll want something with fruits in the late summer, fall, and early winter.
Don’t scrape the yard free of fall debris! Birds appreciate organic materials like seedpods, leaf piles, and fruit that fell from trees. Same goes for your post-holiday Christmas tree which makes a fine place to chill.
(This is a myrtle warbler———>)
Need a few more choices? Here you go. Just click the link to read about each of these plants that are for the birds. If you live in a specific area not covered or you need to solve a specific landscaping problem please do leave a comment below. We would love to help!
And, we’d love to what you do to attract birds to your yard in winter. Please share tips and tricks below!