How to Attract Warblers to you Yard?


Warblers are known for their incredible love of water and their endearing demeanor, but there is more to these birds than meets the eye. As active insectivores, these creatures are looking for a bit of excitement with their diet, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t convince them to come and stay for a while. Warblers travel long distances when they migrate, and there is a good chance that they will be in your area. 

Fortunately, with the right setup you can attract these adorable birds and convince them to come stay a while in your yard with some of their friends. As long as you are ready to put in a little extra effort and really embrace nature, attracting warblers to your yard might be easier than you think!

What do Warblers eat?

Warblers are well known for being insectivores, which means their primary food source in the nicer seasons is insect based. These adorable birds are known for eating a wide variety of things that people usually shy away from including almost anything that flies and spiders. These adept hunters know how to find their prey and do a great job of hunting them down on a nice day. The real key to providing ample nourishment for these wonderful creatures is to simply let them handle the local bug population.

Warblers are more versatile than some of the other insectivores that the bird population is known for. They are more willing to open their mind and seek out other food types when the season calls for it. This is why they are more prone to eating seeds and berries in winter, simply because this food source is more easily obtained for them. Fortunately, this plays to your benefit and makes it easy for you to meal plan for your local warblers year round.

Where can you find Warblers?

Warblers are a migratory species known for traveling when things begin to become less appealing on the weather front. Yellow warblers, which are one of the most common species, are known to spend time traversing North America, Central America, and even Northern South America to dodge the cold and find a better way of life. These vacationers are comfortable traveling long distances, which means you might just see them annually!

How many types of Warblers are in the US?

There are a variety of different types known within this family, but these special North American birds are known for their distinctive body type. These short and stout birds come in a variety of different colors, shapes, and even sizes, making them a wonderful sight for avid bird watchers. The more common types of warblers are the Yellow-Rumped Warbler, the American Yellow Warbler, the Pine Warbler, and the Cerulean Warbler. These beautiful birds come in many other forms as well!

How to Attract Warblers to your yard?

1. Berries

The warbler is known for enjoying a good berry from time to time, particularly when it is cold out. Planting something that might produce berries like blackberries, dogwoods, or wild grapes is an excellent way to win their favor. Though you can certainly offer them berries in other settings, these little birds do enjoy picking their own berries when they can, so offer them something fresh by planting your very own!

2. Sunflower Seeds

Warblers might not be the kind of bird that will choose seeds over insects, but when there are no insects to be found, these birds love seeds. Consider offering them black oil sunflower seeds or other dark fresh seeds in a feeder or tray. They will be grateful to have you looking out for them when the temperature starts dropping. These seeds might just be enough to get them where they need to go.

3. Foilage

Warblers are known for looking for a good bit of shelter and few things can bring a warbler more comfort than a proper brush region that they can hide inside. These birds love taller grass and plants, and might also find comfort in some bushes if there is enough room for them to hide. They will enjoy poking around and feeling comforted by this presence of shelter.

4. Avoid Pesticides

Since warblers are well known insectivores, it can be a bit difficult to get them to your yard if you are taking active steps to kill the insect population. Warblers will look for a location with a rich bug population to settle down, so avoid using chemicals that might thin the population. Let nature run its course so that you can offer the perfect bug buffet.

5. Water

Warblers are known for enjoying a good amount of water in their day, which is why you should have a water attraction for them. These adorable birds might stop by if you have a bird bath to offer them, but your chances grow exponentially if you have a system that is based on running water.

 Running water is perfect for attracting them because warblers know the sound and will come for it. A simple way of getting running water in your yard is by adding a solar powered fountain pump to your water bath. It’s sustainable and simple and attracts all kinds of birds.  

6. Poison Ivy

If you have kids or pets, this one might be hard, but these strange little birds actually love poison ivy. What is a huge problem for us is actually a delicious treat for them, so letting it grow on your property might just be what you need to make them come visit. As long as you can safely do so, letting poison ivy grow can offer a fun feast for your warbler friends.

7. Shelter

hese little guys like protection, so don’t force them out into the open. If you want to make warblers feel at home, give them somewhere to hang out that feels protected and safe. These birds are really opposed to being out in the open unless they have a reason to be, so take some time to make them feel comfortable when they stop by for a rest. You can do this with trees, brush, and bushes.

8. Strong Trees

Warblers are known for enjoying a good perch upon a tree, so make sure that you have some on your property when you can. While this might be a bit of a feat if you don’t have any, it might just be the reason that you choose not to chop them down if you do. Warblers absolutely love hanging out in trees and are known for often using them to build shelter as well as nests. If you really want to impress the local warblers, let your trees grow big, strong, and full. They will thank you by hanging out more and bringing plenty of their friends.

Be aware!

Since warblers are migratory birds, they are known to bring plenty of friends. Since this is the case, you will want to make sure that you have enough space and food for all of them. Warblers can travel in large numbers, which is one of the main reasons that you want to leave your bug population alone. While you might think they don’t need that much, an entire flock of warblers just might.

How do Warblers hunt for food?

Warblers change their approach to hunting depending on the time of year. These amazing birds love a good feast of insects when it is warmer out, and they will spend time dashing through the air to snatch up nearby insects for a good meal. Their quick motions make them incredibly effective at hunting the local bug population, no matter what kind of insects they are seeking. They will also scout to pick up berries and seeds in forested areas as well.

What do Warblers sound like?

Warblers are known for their distinctive warble sound, which is predominately emitted by the males of the species. They have a distinctly slow warble that speeds up as they end their song. It is also known to rise and fall throughout the course of the sound.

How do Warblers create nests?

Unlike some other bird types, nest building is really a two-bird process that happens in a series of steps. To begin, the male warbler will place moss inside of a hole in preparation for his future nest. This will occur before they seek a mate. After a mate has been found, the female will come in and build up the rest of the nest. They will gather plants, bark, and rootlets to create a complete nest system that is prepared for their future eggs to be brought into the world.

Historically, swallows were used by sailors to show off their sailing experience. It was often said that the swallows would carry the soul of a drowned sailor away to heaven.


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