Birds are a special part of our landscapes. Not only do they provide an entertaining hobby of bird watching, the help pollenate the surrounding gardens and keep nuisance pests away. If you are thinking about planting some new trees in your yard for the purpose of attracting birds, turn your focus to the trees that they love the most. Continue reading to learn which trees are great options for seasonal bird watching in Indiana.
🌳 Mulberry Trees (Morus species)
Some cities have banned these trees due to their high pollen production, so be sure to check that your township allows them before you plant one. However, their pollen, as well as, their fruit, make these trees very desirable to a wide variety of interesting birds, including Robins, waxwings, cardinals, numerous other songbirds.
🌳 Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
These fall-fruiting trees are beneficial for both birds and humans since their beautiful flowers are sweet smelling and sweet tasting. Robins, bluebirds, thrushes, catbirds, cardinals, tanagers, grosbeaks, and many others enjoy the fruit and flowers of Dogwoods.
🌳 White Oak (Quercus alba)
These gigantic trees are gorgeous, and yield fruit for most of the fall and winter seasons. Birds like Woodpeckers, jays, Wild Turkeys, grouse, Wood Ducks, and several others enjoy the acorns they produce every year.
🌲 Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
Eastern Red Cedar trees are highly attractive in appearance, but their fleshy, pale blue, berry-like cones also attract a wide variety of birds for, including Waxwings and many others. Birds also love to build their nests in the large branches.
🌲 Spruce Trees (Picea species)
Spruces offer shelter and safety for birds like Crossbills and other seed-eaters in fall and winter, and migrating warblers searching for insects in spring.