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August 3, 2013 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: A Bird Friendly Garden

I have several wildflower gardens in my yard which I try to make bird friendly by choosing plants that make seeds and nectar that birds prefer.

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In spite of planting a variety of flowers that hummingbirds are known to enjoy, I’m not seeing many of them in my yard. So today I added a hummingbird feeder. If the hummingbirds do show up, Weekend Birding readers will be the first to see the pictures!

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While I was outside taking photos this morning I could heard the twittering of numerous Goldfinch. They are the birds that are happiest with my flower selection, especially the sunflowers.

Sunflowers are scattered around my yard. Many are volunteers that came up on their own in the spring. If they were in a good spot, I let them grow where they were. This one came up along the fence that I let my cucumber plants climb on.

Mrs. Goldfinch is enjoying some breakfast. These sunflower seeds have barely ripened and she’s already ripping into them.

My wildflower garden in the front yard is filled with several varieties of coreopsis, another plant which makes seeds the goldfinches love. They are sitting in the flowers all day and I’m pretty sure they have a nest in the Maple Tree near the flowers. I’m watching for baby goldfinches.

Another plant finches love is coneflower. The plant below is Tall Yellow Coneflower. It’s a native plant in the Midwest, is drought tolerant and grows in any soil.

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In full sun this coneflower grows seven feet tall. The first year I planted it, that was a shock. I assumed it was the four-foot variety I see in the prairies. Nope. I pulled out the little tag that was in the pot it said seven feet. This was one of those plants I picked up at the farmer’s market because the picture on the tag looked pretty. I’ve divided it and moved some to a shady area and it grows only four feet without full sun.

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And finally, above is one of my favorites, the Spider Flower. These bloom all summer from July until frost and attract butterflies, bumblebees and even an occasional hummingbird. Best of all, they grow from seed and cost nothing.

These are only a few of the bird friendly flowers I have in garden. Joe Pye Weed, Butterfly Bush, Purple Coneflower, Bee Balm, Blazing Star, Spider Wort, and Viburnum are a few of the others.
 


Saturday Snapshot was originated by Alyce at At Home With Books. For the summer it will be hosted by Melinda of West Metro Mommy. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.

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  1. Christine Harding / Aug 3 2013 9:53 am

    When I’m on top of the garden (which, I regret to say, is not often) I try to plant things to attract bees and butterflies, but I’ve never really thought about planting to attract birds – I tend to put food out and leave it at that. My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/LAe6cu

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  2. booketta / Aug 3 2013 10:00 am

    Lovely 🙂

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  3. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Aug 3 2013 10:02 am

    You are a true nature lover – I love what you’ve done and I am sure the birds do as well.

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  4. Beth Hoffman / Aug 3 2013 10:09 am

    I adore the photo of Mrs. Goldfinch!

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  5. Paulita / Aug 3 2013 10:10 am

    Gorgeous flowers. I can see why you and the birds love them. I was sitting on the front porch yesterday and a baby finch was learning to fly — not very well. He almost landed on my computer screen he was so desperate to land. He hit the column on our front porch a couple of times before making it back up to his nest. His mother landed beside him a couple times and just seemed to shake her head at him in despair. Here’s Mine

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz / Aug 3 2013 10:16 am

    Thank you so much for sharing the ideas for bird and butterfly-friendly oases. Remarkable!

    Here’s my Saturday Snapshot.

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  7. laurelrainsnow / Aug 3 2013 10:20 am

    Your gardens are heavenly! And the birds must enjoy it so much…thanks for sharing!

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  8. Peggy@Peggy Ann's Post / Aug 3 2013 12:30 pm

    You have a lovely garden!

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  9. Ginny / Aug 3 2013 1:27 pm

    Your garden looks lovely. I do hope you get some hummingbird shots.

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  10. MarthaE / Aug 3 2013 2:02 pm

    II hope the feeder gets some hummingbirds your way. The garden is so bright. I love the Goldfinch breakfast photo. 🙂

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  11. irene / Aug 3 2013 3:56 pm

    Lovely.

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  12. WordsAndPeace / Aug 3 2013 4:17 pm

    Gorgeous! Hey i believe we saw a rusty blackbird at the foot of our feeder today. My book says uncommon but i looked at several pictures and videos, it really looks like what we saw. What do you think, isnt’t it odd?

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  13. joyweesemoll / Aug 3 2013 4:19 pm

    You have such a beautiful garden! Love the bird on the sunflower.

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  14. Louise / Aug 3 2013 5:06 pm

    What a lovely peek at your garden, it looks so vibrant and yellow. I hope you attract your hummingbirds.

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  15. Judy B / Aug 3 2013 6:20 pm

    I have a yard with very little sun, mostly shade. I can grow hostas, and lily of the valley, but most other varieties elude me. I am jealous of your flowers and birds.

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  16. BermudaOnion / Aug 3 2013 7:40 pm

    I would love to visit your backyard – I bet it’s spectacular!

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  17. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Aug 3 2013 9:48 pm

    Beautiful. I love Spider Flowers too. Hope the hummingbirds show up. I have two that are regular visitors, haven’t been lucky enough to get a photo.

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  18. Greg / Aug 3 2013 10:15 pm

    Beautiful pics, especailly the first one. Looks like you have a lovely garden! We get a hummingbird who comes by and we always love it when he arrives, the kids get so excited.

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  19. Suko / Aug 4 2013 1:41 pm

    Your photos are stunning as usual. Mrs. Goldfinch seems to be enjoying a bountiful breakfast.
    I have been on a blogging break but am back. 🙂

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  20. Sharon Chance / Aug 4 2013 2:14 pm

    Such beautiful flowers – I want your garden!!! 🙂

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