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For those who enjoy bird watching, The Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide suggests several bird-attracting plants.
Aster: This plant’s late summer to autumn daisylike flowers develop tasty seed heads sought by cardinals, chickadees, finches, nuthatches, and many other seed eaters.
Goldenrod: Goldenrod’s showy panicles of golden-yellow flowers appear from late summer to fall on clumps of upright to branching leafy stems, providing food (flower seeds) and cover for birds. Its nectarrich flowers attract insects, which are a feast for bluebirds, mockingbirds, warblers, wrens, and other insect eaters; goldfinches and other small birds relish the seed heads.
Common elderberry: More than 120 bird species seek food, shelter, and nesting sites here. In early summer, beautiful, large, umbel-shape heads of creamy-white flower clusters attract hummingbirds; late summer to autumn’s heavy crop of purple to black berries draws catbirds, orioles, robins, tanagers, thrashers, warblers, waxwings, and woodpeckers, to name a few.
Dogwood: This tree offers summer shelter and nesting sites. From late summer to fall and occasionally into winter, its small, fleshy fruit attract more than 90 species of birds, including bluebirds, cardinals, grosbeaks, jays, sparrows, tanagers, thrushes, vireos, many warblers, waxwings, and woodpeckers; some birds hunt for insects in the bark.