How to Attract Birds in your Garden
We all love watching birds, as they feed, perch, fly etc. there are those who go into the wild where they can watch specific birds which reside there, and yet we still are fond of those birds which usually visit our backyards. However, you need to realize that if you see birds flocking your backyard, then it means that there is something there which is attracting them, usually food.
I realized this when I was transferred to the rural area to work as opposed to the life that I was used too in the city where I was living in an apartment. In the rural, I had my own standalone unit which had a big space in the backyard. I decided to establish a flower garden in one part of the garden and a vegetable garden in another. Each morning when I wasn’t in a rush to work or in the weekends when there were no duties scheduled, I would spend the morning watching my garden. I realized that there were several species of birds which were visiting my garden each morning. I started to develop interest in watching the birds.
I didn’t have much knowledge about the various species, but I tried to make careful observation about the various feeds that they were feeding. I loved to be woken by their beautiful melodies, and I always tried to discern the various melodies which were sang by the different species. There was one thing in mind back then; I wanted to create something which would attract more birds in my backyard. I felt pleasure watching the birds each morning.
The first thing that you need to know about birds is that most of them are seasonal. They will be available in your yard this season and disappear on the next, but when due time comes they will be available again. You have to study the trends of the various species which visit your garden at various times of the year. Yet, that should discourage you from attracting birds in your yard if you love them.
Careful Feeding of Birds Makes them attracted to Your Garden
Basically, birds are attracted by foods. Various species will visit your garden if they can get food. The first step is usually having to identify the common birds in your region. This will give you a guideline of the foods that you need to feed them as you try to draw them to your garden/yard.
Woodpigeons, Siskins and Sparrowhawks were the most common birds in my garden. They all loved seeds and I tried the best to attract as many as I can, though other species visited too. One of the things that I realized is that you need a goods feeder. Try to position it in a place where the birds can easily see a predator coming. The feeder should always be dry and try not to change its position always. Birds are at times cautious of changes and usually take time to adjust. I decided to build a window feeder which was strategically placed next to my window to enable me monitor the activity of the birds from the comfort of my house.
Try to use various species of feeds – sunflower seeds, millet, bread crumbs, crackers, suet, fruits etc. This will help attract various species which makes bird-watching quiet beautiful. Also you can provide grit such as sand soil which helps birds in digestion of foods. Try to avoid seeds which may be from a source where pesticides are used because these can be toxic to birds. Ensure that your feeder is well maintained and cleaned.
Create Nesting Places Birds to Live
Now that you have various species of birds visiting, it is best that you create nesting places for them. You want to make them feel at home.
Planting scrubs, berry bushes and other native trees is often a good idea. Additionally, you may have to build home-made nesting boxes for the species which dislike nesting in trees. After building the boxes, try to stuff them with natural materials or let the birds build themselves if they feel comfortable in the boxes. However, always ensure that you build these boxes in area where predators can’t easily reach.
It is also important for you to make your yard more inviting to the birds. This includes activities such as providing water. Always ensure that the water is clean and safe. A good water pot which allows the birds to bathe is more suitable in your yard. A dripping fountain could be more appropriate because birds are usually attracted to dripping water.