Gardening and birdwatching often go hand-in-hand. Not just because they both involve an appreciation of nature, but because insect-eating birds often keep garden pests under control. Nearly all birds–even the tiny hummingbird and other nectar feeders–consume insects as a source of protein. Attracting and keeping birds in your yard provides you with natural insect control, enhances the natural beauty of your yard and rewards you with a morning chorus as well.
Provide shelter for birds near your garden. Shrubs and trees provide places to escape from enemies--such as predatory hawks--and provide areas for nesting. Consider fruiting shrubs such as chokecherry, mulberry and dogwood to attract birds.