We live on a residential street in Los Angeles and will build a “granny flat” in our small backyard for my parents. This means our green space will be reduced to a small patio space (for us) and an L-shaped narrow corridor for my parents. We will have a common area in our driveway and have a thin green perimeter of tenuifolium pittosporum (had to look that up) that Black phoebe and maybe some finches seem to like. A phone line is a favorite spot of some doves, but not sure what type (we have experienced the absence of mourning doves, when we used to hear them all the time).
I want to make sure we design our green space to maximize hospitality to our local birds. I like working in my front yard to tidy it up, but haven’t given a lot of attention to actually gardening. I am new to birdwatching (pandemic-related) and so all of this is quite new, and I admit a little exciting, to me.