Attracting wild birds to your yard can be an enjoyable past time. From cardinals to finches to blue jays and chickadees, these attractive birds are not only fun to watch, but their relaxing songs are great to listen to also. Follow these easy steps to ensure natures beauty return to your yard time and time again.
Bird Food and Bird Feeders Use food and feeders that are designed to attract the species of bird you are wanting. If you want to attract several bird types, use a variety of feeders and bird food. Platform feeders are best for ground feeding birds, hanging tube feeders are designed for perching birds and suet feeders are meant for insect eating birds.
Evergreens and other large trees provide the shelter needed for birds to protect them from the elements and also provide a safe space for them to nest and raise their young. You can also hang bird houses for additional shelter.
Birds not only need water for drinking, they need it to bathe to keep their feathers clean. Clean feathers acts as insulation and keeps the birds warm. Bird Baths are a perfect solution for this. Make sure the bath is clean and the water stays fresh. During the winter months, use a bird bath heater to keep water from freezing.
Use native plants in the yard and landscape. These provide a year-around food source in the form of seeds, berries, nuts and nectar. They also provide much needed shelter from predators.