Which trees for birds ?
Which trees for birds ? What I wrote perhaps most useful in Europe, but perhaps have similar trees in other places as well.
Blackbird on Taxus baccata
If we have a garden and like birds, perhaps interested which tree species are the best for attracting birds to our garden ?
Several thoughts about the theme:
1. What is our goal: birds nests in our garden or birds coming to eat in our garden ?
2. Which bird species we want the most in our garden ?
As a general rule perhaps the birds like our garden if it looks like their natural habitat. Before plant a tree perhaps a good thing to check how big it is going to be, what kind of leaves, crop the tree has, we like it that or not ? Smaller birds like places where their their enemies (cat, dog, sparrowhawk, owls) cannot get them. Such places are the thick shrubs, trees with lots of branches. Shrubs normally we can plant next to the fence area.
Which trees like the birds the most:
Lots of birds like pine trees, for example kinglets usually only find on pine trees. Golden orioles like huge green trees like poplar or oak. Smaller species like Wrens and Robins like more the shrubs. Woodpeckers like dead trees. Several species like fruit trees.
Trees best for nesting:
See below the list of trees.
Oak – perhaps not everywhere has enough space for it
Shrubs best for nesting:
What can help the birds to nest in our garden to put nest boxes for them, different species prefer different height levels, and entrance hole size for nest boxes. Smaller birds prefer smaller holes and lower level for the nest boxes, for example Robin and Wren like 1.5-3m height.
Trees and shrubs for food
there are trees which has a fruit in late Fall, and winter are very good attracting birds to our garden, the below list contains several possibilities:
Padus avium or Prunus padus