Creating an Oasis for Birds

 American Hazelnut, also known as American Filbert

American Hazelnut, also known as American Filbert

By Lisa Biehle Files

 Jim Gill plans a backyard landscape with birds in mind.

Jim Gill plans a backyard landscape with birds in mind.

Jim Gill and Elaine Petkovsek are creating an oasis for birds in their backyard. Directly underneath the overhead bird feeder, they will plant an American Hazelnut which will be visible from their patio table (behind).

Says Jim: "With only a feeder in place so far, the primary birds frequenting our yard are house sparrows, robins, cardinals, and an occasional mourning dove. In time, by adding the right mix of feeders, cover foliage, and a solar powered bird bath, we hope to attract goldfinches, jays, nuthatches, and an occasional downy woodpecker."