Sharon wrote: "This is my first year to pamper the birds that visit me. I have learned alot about the habits of certain species and since I have alot of flowers, I even see some in summer. What are other birds common to summer gardens beside the hummingbird? I live on the edge of the woods, like only 10 ft. There is a swamp beyond a stretch of woods."
Most native flowers, bushes, and trees like birds to help pollinate their flowers, eat harmful insects, and disperse their seeds. A customer came in the other day with a precisely planned garden except for a giant teasel plant in the middle. She thought the plant was so exotic she left it to bloom.
If the woods has some dead trees left standing you could attract a variety of woodpeckers, owls and other tree cavity nesters. And jays, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, robins and woodpeckers like to eat nuts (acorn, walnut, beech…) and most are also attracted to pine and spruce seeds.
Fruit trees are also important. Once you hear the high pitched trill of the Cedar Waxwings, you’ll never forget. They are big fruit eaters and come to feed in large numbers. Native berry producing trees and shrubs attract them and often encourage them to nest in the area. Some other birds that like fruit are bobwhites, cardinals, crows, grackles, bluebirds, towhees, starlings, grosbeaks, catbirds, woodpeckers, finches, mockingbirds, orioles, and buntings.
Make sure you don’t use pesticides on the flowers. Let the birds handle that naturally. And brush piles or leaves raked under the trees also will attract many songbirds. Ground-feeding birds like sparrows, towhees, robins and thrashers will eat the earthworms, pill bugs, insects, and spiders that thrive in the decomposing leaf mulch.