National Geographic : 1914 Mar
PAYING A MIDWINTER VISIT Photo by Wilbur F. Smith This shows a bird visitor attracted by the lump of suet fastened to the old pear tree. A lump of suet set in some convenient place is perhaps the surest way of securing bird visitors in midwinter, for it is a food supply they greatly appreciate. protected resort of such birds as stayed with us. In the Year Iook of the Department of Agriculture for Iqgo there is a most interesting article on "Plants Useful to Attract Iirds and Protect Fruit," by W. L. McAtee. In this there is a list, on page 186. of the best trees and shrubs for attracting birds, given in the order of their attractiveness, as follows: Elders, raspberries and blackberries, mulberries, dogwood fruits, sumachs, wild cherries, blueberries, wild grapes, pokeberries, Vir ginia creeper berries, bayberries, juniper berries, service berries, holly berries, strawberries, the fruits of viburnums, hackberries, huckleberries, haws, spice bush berries, rose hips, sarsaparilla, sour gum, gooseberries, currants, and snow berry. To the above list is added the follow ing supplementary list of some other plants known to be attractive to birds, and to this the names of other species doubtless might be added: Manzanita, barberry, buffalo berry. silverberry, buck thorn, mountain ash, China berry, Cali fornia Christmas berry, pepper tree, mag nolia, nockaway, lote bush, and bluewood. With the above very comprehensive lists to choose from, it is not a difficult matter to make out a list of trees and shrubs for almost any place, no matter how small, that will supply its quota of birds' food from early summer to the following spring, while if the place is a large one, or the problem at all difficult, it may be the best policy, as well as in the end the most economical, to consult some competent landscape architect as to the proper disposition of the proposed plantations. What is worth doing at all is always worth doing well. Besides the trees and shrubs in the above lists, there are many herbaceous plants whose seeds are attractive to birds.