The 23rd Annual Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza presents a seminar about creating a wildbird habitat by your garden. The guest speaker explains that wild birds and gardens need each other to live, thrive and grow healthy. It is therefore important to carefully plan your wild bird habitat by choosing specific flowers, shrubs and trees that will benefit these birds as well as your garden. Then, you can turn your backyard into your own fantasyland, filled with beautiful plants, edible plants, wild birds chirping a lovely melody in the background, and nature's other cute and cuddly friends enjoying a safe haven.
But before you start working on putting together your wild bird habitat, you must understand wild birds' main concern when seeking an area that they can call home. All they want is a place with enough food, water, plants, and a safe haven to raise their young. Most wild birds prefer sunflower and safflower seeds. A Goldfinch eats sunflower seeds. A Mourning Dove is a very sweet bird, but it often appears quite naïve. Other common wild birds include Western Shrub Jay, White Crowned Sparrow, California Towhee, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, Phoebe, bluebird, and House Sparrow.
The best as well as nontoxic way to keep rodents away from your garden is to use seed feeders with a tray because it is much cleaner than other seed feeders. Some birds, such as Anna's Hummingbird, feed on nectar from flowers. There are also nectar feeders, especially made for Orioles to feed them with their preferred food, which consists of mealworm, sweet nectar, grape jelly, and oranges. They also get food from the garden. Mealworms are larval of duckling beetle, which is very nutritious for these birds. A Black Phoebe prefers to eat insects. Such birds as the Yellow-rumped Warbler mainly eat insects, but they might occasionally also eat fruits and wax-myrtle berries.
Therefore, when designing your wild bird habitat by your organic garden, add an insect feeder and other feeders with a tray, birdbath, plants and flowers, a pond, water fountain, and a tall hanger for the feeders. A dripper for the water fountain and birdbath will keep the water clean and fresh. But it is still advisable to change the water daily.