Turn Up the Volume

A songbird garden guarantees a joyful noise.

By Cristina Santiestevan


learn how to attract songbirds to your gardenMimics and Late-Night Performers: Mockingbirds, Catbirds, and Other Thrashers

They may not be the most melodious songbirds, but these renowned mimics are certainly among the most enthusiastic; both mockingbirds and catbirds will sing into the night, often performing until the early morning hours.

  • Live in shrubby habitats, yards, and woodland edges.
  • Eat insects and fruit.
  • Nest in shrubs.
  • Attract with fruiting shrubs, dense cover, and last year’s unraked leaves.