The beauty of a garden is in its layers of sights, sounds, textures, movement, and scents. Birds embody some of the best features of the garden with their colorful feathers, diverse shapes, and soothing voices.
Attracting Birds to Your Garden
The songbirds in Maryland and Virginia fall into three basic groups. Some are year-round residents who remain in the neighborhood knowing that an ample supply of natural seed stocks will be available throughout the winter. Others are northern visitors who fly south each winter to seek more dependable food supplies. The rest are the “passers-by”; birds that pass through on their migratory route while headed further north or south.
Like you, birds are warm-blooded animals and they must maintain their body temperatures. Feathers provide important insulation. Some species use communal roosting spots to share “collective warmth” at night. Black-capped chickadees enter a form of semi-hibernation, which reduces their heartbeat, respiration, and body temperature on the coldest of nights. Even with these natural adaptations, many local songbirds depend on our bird-friendly gardens to survive.
There’s a lot you can do to foster a bird-friendly environment in your yard. You can attract birds by planting seed-bearing perennials, shrubs, and trees. You can also offer them food and shelter by providing birdhouses and feeders. Finally, with a simple birdbath, you can give birds a place to drink and bathe while adding personality to your garden decor. However you want to welcome your feathered neighbors, our garden centers have everything you need.
Wild birds spend a lot of time searching for dependable supplies of nutrition. At Greenstreet Gardens, we offer premium bird food for all local bird species. Our selection of Aspen Song Wild Birdseed includes Premium Blend, Ultimate Blend, and Choice Blend. All of these foods contain no grain fillers, just healthy nuts and seeds.
Once you start providing food, they will make your feeders a daily stop as they forage through the neighborhood. Keep a winter table set for them, and they will provide hours of enjoyment.
Under normal circumstances, birds try not to become dependant on one household. If you’re unable to fill the feeders for a day or two, the birds will adjust and substitute other sources until you can re-stock. However, the opposite can also occur. Occasionally, the native food sources can become unavailable to local birds after heavy snowfalls or ice storms. In these circumstances, they may depend on your feeders to survive. When winter is at its worst, make sure to keep your feeders stocked.
Just like the birds in your garden, our feeders come in all sizes, shapes, and styles. We stock tube, hopper, hummingbird, suet, and other feeders to keep your feathered friends well-fed through every season.
Birdhouses & Birdbaths
What kind of host would you be if you didn’t offer only the finest in lodging? Wait till you see all the birdhouses we carry. A lot of folks love the rustic cedar houses. For those picky bluebirds, we have just the house to suit their tastes. We even carry some that are downright quirky; a house made from recycled watering cans, a Williamsburg pottery wren abode, even a fancy bird mansion that may be too cute to keep outside. Our favorite is the Cedar Wren/Chickadee House—the birds love it even more than we do!
Birdbaths make beautiful focal points for the garden while playing an essential role in your backyard bird habitat. You can select from cement, stone, or ceramic to match your birdbath to your garden decor scheme. Birds are also drawn to moving water, which mimics natural water sources. Try inserting a solar fountain device into a standard birdbath to draw their attention.
Having the correct feeder and accessories will help attract the birds you admire the most while also deterring squirrels and other predators. Ask us for ideas! At Greenstreet Gardens, we have an extensive selection of birding products for your backyard friends.