Food for birds
A robin eyeing a delicious ant
(at the right)
An extremely important source of food for birds is insects.
This robin quickly devoured the ant immediately after I took the shot. (Usually birds aren't so cooperative!)
Insects are an especially important food for feeding their young.
And how to provide insects in your yard? Plant native plants—the plants insects co-evolved with!
Anyone with children can guess which one is the parent
Birds love these, but providing these is not as important as supplying "real" insects in the yard.
Like other artificial means of feeding birds, it's more for our benefit.
We especially enjoy providing mealworms for chickadees when they're raising their demanding babies.
Baby robin eating a serviceberry
Again, a variety of native plants best meets these food requirements. The native berries, for example, have more of the nutrition native birds need.