Conifers such as white spruce and cedar provide very good winter cover. Because it may take a while for your shrubs and trees to get big enough, a quick solution is to collect your neighbours’ old Christmas trees.
You may have people give you some odd looks as you
drag their curbside post-holiday tree down the street to your home, but these leftovers provide great habitat for wintering birds.
Collect dense, tinsel-free trees, three is a good amount, and then lean them against each other in an upright position.
Most species of conifers will keep their needles for a long time if kept outside and this makes them nice to look at as well as bird-friendly.