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News Spring is for the birds

Learn how to attract song birds to your yard without a bird feeder.
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Bluebird on a branch

You don’t need a bird feeder to attract colorful and melodious birds to your yard or garden. Most bird feeders draw the unwanted attention of squirrels, chipmunks, turkeys, mice, rats, and even black bears. Providing natural resources will bolster the chances of having birds venture onto your property. Follow these three tips to entice birds to take refuge in your yard or garden.

  1. Give them water. A bubbling birdbath or shallow fountain will attract birds that need a drink of water or a bath.
  2. Offer native food sources. A healthy mix of vegetation provides food for a variety of birds. Adult birds eat berries and fruits that native trees and shrubs provide, while juveniles feast on caterpillars and other invertebrates that find refuge in the native plants.
  3. Provide shelter. Opportunities for shelter are just as important as water and food. Dense shrubs and conifer trees provide safe areas for birds to sleep. Wooden bird houses provide nesting areas in the spring and summer, and roosting areas for cooler weather.


Learn more about creating a bird-friendly area with MassWildlife.

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.