A bird in the hand might not be possible, but we can tell you how to get them into your bushes!
Here's how to attract birds to your garden for hours of viewing pleasure.
Just picture it: you're sitting on your patio with a mug of morning coffee in your hand, listening to the birdsong while the sun rises. Is there anything more relaxing?
Luckily, learning how to attract birds to your yard requires just a few simple steps. Keep reading to learn the secrets to attracting your own flock of feathered friends.
Just like any other animal (or person, for that matter), birds are drawn to food. And part of knowing how to attract birds to your garden means which menu items they most prefer.
Different birds have different diets and food preferences. If you'd like to attract a wide variety of birds, you should have a wide variety of foods available for them (like a Las Vegas buffet). If you'd like to attract a specific species, your food offerings should be more targeted. (If you long to see some hummingbirds, bird seed will never work!)
It’s also important to change up the menu in different seasons. In winter, there are fewer flowers, seeds, and berries, so some birds may prefer high-protein fare, such as mealworms and suet.
Variety is just as important when it comes to how you feed your birds as it is to what you feed them.
Put out a variety of bird feeders to accommodate birds' varying feeding styles. There are perch feeders for larger birds, window feeders to provide close up views of smaller birds, and suet feeders made of wire mesh for high flying birds.
Bird baths do a lot more than just help a bird bathe. A source of fresh water is crucial if you want a safe and inviting oasis for birds.
There are different types of bird baths as well: from elevated models to ones that rest on the ground to versions with trickling waterfalls and filtration systems.
Your bird bath doesn't have to be elaborate—a sloped water source that ends in a shallow terracotta plate is fine. Most gardeners, however, prefer a bird bath that enhances their garden decor rather than detracts from it. Our decorative bird baths will act as a lively focal point for your garden, even after the birds have flown away.
Above all else, make sure you keep the water in your bird baths clean, as diseases can spread between birds easily in water. This means changing the water frequently, scrubbing away any mildew or algae, and not adding any chemicals into the water.
A selection of beautiful native plants (such as trees, shrubs, and flowers) will provide beauty to your garden and shelter for your avian visitors.
However, don't just stick with one type of flower and call it a day. Some birds prefer high, sparse trees while others prefer shrubbery and dense coverage. Including a variety of foliage types will "cover your bases" when it comes to birds.
It is also a good idea to include flowering and seeded bushes, so birds can have an additional source of food.
Nest Boxes and Roost Boxes
There is only so much room in one bush or tree for nests and shelter. Why not invest in some nesting boxes (for your birds to have babies!) and roosting boxes (for birds to keep warm or sheltered from the elements).
As with the other items on this list, there isn’t a "one-size-fits-all" option that will work for all birds. Nor should there be. For instance, a nesting box with a bigger hole will fit a greater variety of birds, but it can also cause larger birds to act aggressively toward smaller birds who might be encroaching on "their" habitat.
In an effort to discourage hostility between species, provide a few different sizes and styles. Make sure they’re scattered around your yard and that some are near high-coverage areas to make the birds feel more protected.
In colder climates, roosting boxes provide a safe place for birds to huddle together stay warm through the winter.
If you've been gardening for any length of time, you know that pests decimate the plants you've worked so hard to grow. But commercial pesticides don't distinguish between what animals they harm; they're just as deadly to birds as they are to bugs!
Birds can come into contact with pesticides either through the plants and bugs they eat, or even through the pesticide directly (some birds mistake pesticide pellets for seeds).
Instead, stick with natural, organic methods, such as neem oil, diatomaceous earth, and even ladybugs and praying mantises.
Or better yet, kill two birds with one stone (but not literally!) by letting the birds act as your pest control.
Just Say No...to Predators
One surefire way to scare off any potential feathered friends? Introducing one of their natural predators. (Sorry, Whiskers!)
If you have a cat or a dog that just can't play nice, it's best to keep them separated. Keep your cat indoors or leave the bird feeders in the front yard while your pet gets the backyard.
Now that you know how to attract birds...what are you waiting for?
These methods are easy, economical, and require very little special equipment. Follow these tips and you'll be enjoying the dawn chorus in no time.
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