With its mild climate and abundant rainfall, Georgia is a great place to bird watch. Did you know that Autumn Hill Nursery carries birding supplies? 

To attract birds, you’ll need to create a comfortable environment for them. Birds need a good source food, water, and ideally shelter or nesting areas close by. Provide those in a safe place, and then sit back and enjoy the show! We have all the tools you’ll need to get started. 

birds in a birdbathThe best way to provide food for birds is shade trees and ornamental shrubs (be sure to select native varieties for best results), though you can of course supplement with birdseed in feeders if needed. Most birds will be excited about sunflower seeds, proso millet seeds and peanut kernels, though of course all species are different. Birds also need a ready supply of fresh water, ideally elevated to protect against predators, no more than two to three inches deep, and replaced regularly. If you want birds to stay long-term, they’ll need a place to be out of the elements. Shade trees are a great choice for this. Look for multi-stem plants with a dense canopy here, as they will encourage birds to linger and even nest.

Set up your habitats correctly and you may be able to catch a glimpse of Eastern Bluebirds, Purple Martins, American Goldfinches, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chickadees, Blue Jays, Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Cardinals, Mourning Doves, and of course the Georgia Brown Thrasher. If you have a big enough source of water, you may even be able to see herons!

When you’re ready to get started, contact Autumn Hill Nursery! We love birding and can’t wait to help you get involved in this great hobby.

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