Working to Get the Warbler into Your Yard
They are often called the “butterflies of the bird world.” It is easy to
see why when you spot one of these energetic, beautiful warblers. But if you want to spot one (or more!) in your yard, you need the right bird feeder plans. Here are some tips to make your yard a regular hangout for warblers.
You’ll have to work if you want warblers. They are not the most common of backyard visitors, but they do repay your efforts by eating insects that can ruin your lawn or garden. One of the most important features for attracting warblers is the presence of trees, particularly cypress, pine, oak, willow, and sycamore.
Warblers like to nest there, building their nests from plant materials, spider webs, bark, and grass. They also like the protection and cover that these trees offer, which is especially important during migration. Other goodies that can help you attract and keep warblers include berry bushes, such as bayberry, mulberry, blackberry, honeysuckle, and junipers. They like poison ivy – so if you know you won’t accidentally step in a patch, you might leave that one for the birds.
If your yard is lacking in some of these amenities, you may still be able to lure the warbler, especially in the fall and winter when insects are more scarce. Many warblers like black oil sunflower seed, but suet may be a better
bet. This provides a great source of fats and calories, which are particularly important coming into the cold season. Try suet feeders, suet cakes, or
simply smear suet in the bark of a tree.
You can find suet bird feeder plans online or buy a pre-made model. Also, make sure there is a birdbath nearby. They like the sound of dripping water, so if you really want warblers, think about creating a more complex running water, mister, or drip system.
Too much work? Not for the bird lover who appreciates the bright, charming warbler. Warblers are so enjoyed by those who know them that a Field Guide was written about them. Click on the link below to be taken to Amazon.com to see a review on this book.