Feathered Friends

Attracting fruit-loving birds to your garden such as: orioles, grosbeaks, catbirds, robins, waxwings, blue jays, chickadees, woodpeckers, house finches and more.  Instead of buying fruit to put out with your feeders, use plant material that produce fruit that will attract birds that don’t always visit seed feeders… Birdscaping!

Waxwing

Fruit is an excellent source of sugar for the birds as it is an essential energy source during the summer, fall and winter.  The key seasons to offer fruit is during summer, fall and winter for breeding, migration and maintaining body heat in chilly temperatures.

Depending on the bird species, the ripeness of the fruit and the type of fruit, birds might eat the flesh, sip the juice or both.  Small fruits can be even swallowed whole!

Plant fruit trees for birds and fruit-producing berry bushes and shrubs to provide a natural, renewable source of fruit for birds to easily forage.  Native varieties are more recognizable to local and regional birds.  They will also thrive in local climates without needing excessive care.

Avoid or minimize chemical use near any fruit-producing plants for birds to avoid any unintended poisoning or toxic effects.

Leave damaged or overripe fruit on trees and shrubs in the fall to provide an excellent natural energy source for migrating birds.

The following list of plants produce beautiful flowers that develop into colourful berries
Most popular fruit-bearing shrubs and trees:

– Chokecherry (catbirds, waxwings and blue jays)
– Crabapple (attracts (robins, catbirds, cardinals, waxwings, grosbeaks, finches and others)
– Dogwood (attracts robins, catbirds, cardinals, grosbeaks and others)
– Elderberries (attracts orioles, catbirds, waxwings and others)
– Mulberry (attracts robins, waxwings, cardinals and other songbirds)
– Serviceberry and Saskatoon berry (shrubs and trees) (attracts robins, waxwings, cardinals, grosbeaks and others)
– Viburnum (robins, catbirds, cardinals, finches, waxwings, others)

Chickadee