Birds are such funny, and amusing creatures. Have you ever taken time out, to sit and watch birds of different colors and sizes, hopping around in your garden? They are so funny, amusing and interesting to watch and care for.
Birds won’t visit your garden very often if there is nothing there to attract them. You may have some work to do to let them keep coming to your garden very often. It can be a bit tricky to attract birds to your garden if you are living close to a city. If you are living in the countryside, or close to a wooded area, birds will be naturally attracted to your garden.
Probably, you might be thinking of how can you get birds to come to your garden all year round so that you might enjoy watching their little antics. Well, some birds are seasonal, and some birds are residential. That means that many birds don’t like the cold season, so in the winter, they fly away to warmer weather. You will have birds that can survive all the seasons. These birds will spend the year-round with you.
Now, how are you going to attract birds to your garden? I am going to share with you a few basic ideas that you can do to keep these birds coming back to your garden.
Everyone needs food to survive, and so do the birds. Throwing food on the ground is not what the birds really appreciate. You will have to provide feeders, so they know exactly where to go for their food. There are different types of feeders that attract different types of birds.
Tray Feeder – This type of feeder attracts pigeons and sparrows.
Tube Feeder – This type of feeder attracts sparrows, grosbeaks, finches, and chickadees.
House Feeder – This type of feeder attracts blue jays, buntings, finches, cardinals, and sparrows.
Suet Feeder – This type of feeder attracts starlings, woodpecker, and chickadees.
You need to install the bird feeder of your choice in a safe place to avoid predators. The best place to put these bird feeders is near to a natural habitat. Trees and shrubs provide a resting place for the birds, and also to hide from hawks and other predators. Cats and other predators love to hide in thick bushes. So be careful not to put the bird feeders near to these places.
Shrubs With Berries
A good idea would be to plant shrubs with berries on them. This is very good for the thrushes in the autumn. The thrushes enjoy eating the berries, so they strip the crop very quickly. If you ever happen to go to the farmers market, you can purchase overripe fruits to feed the birds when the berries are all gone.
Provide A Variety Of Seeds
We all like to eat different types of food, and so do birds. They like a variety of seeds. Some seeds you can offer them include sunflower, nyjer, suet, nectar, and mixed seeds.
After you have hanged the feeders at specific points, and birds have started to enjoy them, the feeders will need to be maintained.
- Change the bird seeds every 2-3 days.
- Wash the bird feeder regularly with soap and water.
- Remove any harmful bacteria and fungus. On rainy and wet days, stagnant water will be collected. Also, bird dropping will cause an unpleasant smell.
Birds need clean water for drinking and bathing, so it would be best for you to set up a water source in your garden to attract birds. They are also attracted to running water, so if it’s possible for you to build a fountain, that would be great for the birds.
To get the birds visiting your garden, help them by providing them with stuff for nest making, so that they can build their nest right there in your garden. You may use strings, pet hair, wool, and grass cuttings.
HAPPY BIRD WATCHING.