Backyard birds are one of the easiest ways to dress up our homes for year-round enjoyment.
Following is a list of foolproof tips for building the perfect habitat for getting more birds all year long.
Birdwatching has become a major pastime for many people in the US and around the world.
By keeping this in mind, we can understand why having birds around our homes would make this hobby more convenient.
You wouldn't have to leave your premises to watch the birds and sometimes, making the habitat ideal for attracting backyard birds can become an enjoyable hobby every bit as fun as the bird watching itself.
Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you make attracting backyard birds a breeze.
1. Bird houses are an easy way to attract birds. Birds, like people, are always looking for shelter. If you want the birds to stay in your backyard, then you must provide shelter for them. A birdhouse can be a cheap and easy way to do this.
2. As a child, I spent many hours watching birds frolic in my grandmother's birdbath.
You can too. While they may cost a bit more than the average birdhouse, they can help provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.
3. If you want songbirds and not the more general type of birds, limit the amount of grass you have in the backyard. Most songbirds don't like grass, but prefer shrubs and trees.
4. Remember that not all birds disappear in the winter. You can still attract backyard birds in the winter by making sure that you supply enough food for them.
Some things that create food in the winter are acorn trees and other types of nut-bearing fauna.
5. In the summer, the same rule applies. Try planting seed-bearing plants and flowers for the birds to feed on.
6. Birds love trees. The more trees, the better. But try to mix up the composition of your yard.
For example, plant some flowers or fruit bushes beneath the trees, thus supplementing the bird's food supply. The better supply you have, the more birds will visit and stay.
7. Don't spray your plants with pesticides. Birds like bugs and other insects that they can feed upon.
Besides, pesticides could make the birds sick, and any good bird watcher would never want that to happen.
Birds will also help control the bug population by eating them. Another good side effect of a bird-watching backyard!
8. Make your garden colorful. Birds love color and by adding splashes of color throughout your yard, you can attract some very nice-looking birds.
9. If you don't want a bird bath, consider making a pond. The water should be still, and birds tend to not like anything that is over two to three inches deep.
Make sure you clean the bird bath or pond out frequently, and that the pond or bird bath isn't made out of a slick surface that the birds can lose their footing on and get hurt.
10. Bird seed is a cheap and easy way to attract birds to your backyard. By spreading seeds around, as well as providing a safe environment rich in food sources, sure to attract many birds.
11. Evergreen trees provide shelter to many types of birds in the winter. They also keep predators at bay, such as the nefarious cat.
What cat in their right mind wants to be stabbed by big needles? Try to have one or two evergreen trees in your yard.
These are just a few tips to attract birds to your backyard. Remember, birds are much like people. They need the same thing; food, shelter, water, and safety.
Adequately provide these things, and you'll soon have a bird paradise that will be sure to attract birds no matter the season.
|Birds and Blooms||Pioneer Woman||People Magazine||First For Women|
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