Saturday, April 14, 2012

Attracting Wildlife for Nature Photography

Attracting Wildlife for Nature Photography
Gail Hansche Godin

Gail's program was great! Informative and inspiring!

Attracting Wildlife for Nature Photography
Gail Hansche Godin
Resource Lists
Flowers for Hummingbirds – preferred colors are red and orange
  • Azalea
  • Columbine
  • Bee Balm
  • Daylilies
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Hanging Fuchsia
  • Cigar Plant
  • Penstemon Salvia
  • Phlox (provides seeds for other birds)
  • Trumpet Vine
Flowers for Butterflies – preferred colors are yellow and purple
  • Aster Blazing Star (Liatris)
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Coneflower (seeds)
  • Black-eyed Susan (seeds)
  • Cosmos (seeds)
  • Bachelor-buttons (seeds)
  • Coreopsis
  • Iris
  • Marigold
  • Petunia
  • Sunflower (seeds)
  • Sedum Zinnia (seeds)
  • Host plant for Monarch butterfly is Milkweed H
  • ost plant for Spicebush butterfly is Spicebush (also provides berries for birds)
Shrubs – provide shelter and food
  • Arrowwood
  • Blueberry
  • Bayberry
  • Blackberry
  • Elderberry
  • Grape
  • Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon)
  • Raspberry Viburnum (High bush cranberry)
  • Winterberry (native wetland holly)
Trees – provide food and shelter

  • Apple
  • Choke Cherry
  • Crabapple
  • Dogwood
  • Mulberry (attracts large variety)
  • Juniper
  • Mountain Ash
  • Serviceberry
  • Cedar
  • Spruce
Water – very important – heat in winter to attract more birds

Birdbaths, pre-formed ponds, waterfalls – find at garden centers

Moving water attracts a wider variety of birds Feeders – Hopper, tube, tray, suet, nectar, butterfly, peanut

A variety of food in a variety of feeders will attract a variety of species

KEEP THEM CLEAN with a 10% bleach/90% water solution-rinse well

Preferred food
  • Black-oil sunflower – largest variety of birds attracted including Cardinals, Chickadees, Nuthatch, Wrens – offer in a hopper or on a tray (preferred by Cardinals)
  • Peanuts – Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Chickadees, Cardinals, Flying Squirrels
  • Nectar (1 part sugar/4 parts water) – Hummingbirds, Orioles, Catbird
  • Suet – Woodpeckers, Orioles, Bluebirds, Indigo Bunting (Spring Migration) Niger(thistle) – Goldfinch, Pine Siskin
  • Oranges - Oriole, Catbird
  • Fruit Trees – Orioles, Catbirds, Cedar Waxwings, Robins, Warblers in spring
  • Rotted banana – butterflies (will also attract flies)
  • Gatorade in a dish with a clean scrubby (rinse well in water first) will attract butterflies
  • Dried fruit (chopped) and raisins soaked in water will attract Bluebirds and Robins
  • Mealworms will attract Bluebirds and any insect loving birds
If you don’t have a yard but you do have a deck, container plants will attract butterflies and Hummingbirds. Small water attractions with waterfalls are available that will create a wonderful space for you and the birds. A dead tree in a Christmas tree stand can provide an attractive perch and prop. Use your imagination!

Resources for further information

National Wildlife Federation
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Massachusetts Audubon

Vermont Wildflower Farms – Great for native wildflowers and broadcast seeds

Birds and Blooms – Wonderful magazine with lots of information

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