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How to Attract Birds to Your Yard

By Edited Sep 19, 2016 1 0

You can Attract Birds to your yard for hours of enjoyment!

Simple tips to get you started

Attract Wild Birds to Your Yard in Any Season

 

There are many different and beautiful species of wild birds that you can attract to your yard no matter what season it is. Birds are simple creatures that don't require too much to decide to live in your backyard. Even if you're new to the wonder and world of birds, you can begin enjoying their appearance, song and sometimes quirky habits rather quickly. In a very short time you can attract birds to your yard and garden as their home with these easy steps.

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Instructions

Things You'll Need:

bushes

trees

assorted flowers

bird feeders

bird seed

source of water

Step 1

 

Learn about the different varieties of trees available in your growing area from the National Arbor Day Foundation. Plant bushes, trees, shrubs and flowers for the shelter that the wild birds will need in order to live in your backyard. They will make their own nests from twigs, leaves, branches, feathers, twine and many other materials available. Make sure to give each planting several feet of space between each one so that the birds have plenty of room for privacy from other birds. Choose a variety of plantings to obtain the widest variety of birds to your yard.

Step 2

American gold finch and pine siskin

Variety of finches on seed feeder

Set up several areas to hold bird feeders. The feeders can be placed near the or on a shepherd's hook for the birds protection. Be sure to allow enough space between each feeder of at least one or two tree widths. Also, consider placing the feeders near windows which; will allow you to birdwatch easily, especially for attracting hummingbirds, black capped chickadees, cardinals, finches, chipping sparrows or dark eyed juncos. Keep all your feeders clean and full with my favorite bird seed below.

Step 3

Female ruby throated hummingbird loves bleeding heart flower

Female ruby throated hummingbird on bleeding heart bush

Plant a colorful variety of flowers to create a beautiful yard and to entice the wild birds to your front or back yard. Many birds love the scent, nectar and seeds from flowers so the more you have, the better selection of wild birds that will be enticed to live as your neighbor. Try coneflower, hydrangea, azalea, sunflower, bee balm, lillies or gladiola to name a few.

Step 4

Pair of Tufted Titmouse

Two tufted titmice share peanut

Fill each of the seed feeders with a different selection of seeds, peanuts, or dried fruit to attract the widest variety of these interesting feathered friends to your yard depending on your area of the world. Finches and sparrows like thistle, tufted titmice, nuthatches and orioles like dried fruit and peanuts, dark-eyed junkos and black-capped chickadees like black sunflower seeds, cardinals, finches and many others enjoy small seed mixes. Blue jays, pine siskin, mockingbirds and woodpeckers enjoy suet and sunflower seeds.

Step 5

Birds enjoy a sprinkler

Turn on the sprinkler system

Place several different types of containers around the yard to add fresh water for the wild birds. These can be birdbaths, terra cotta base liners or other containers that can be hung or placed on a patio or terrace, in a flower bed or in the middle of the yard. Another water source for some birds can be a simple sprinkling system as this photo of my yard shows!

Step 6

Add a bench or other seating near a flower bed area for your very own birdseye view!  Many species prefer to be close to people for the safety factor so seating will only enhance the experience for you.

Step 7

Stay educated on the local wild and song birds for your area so that each year you can add more trees, shrubs, feeders, flowers or types of seed to continue to attract the largest variety of species to your beautiful yard. Year after year, you'll be able to watch new ones arrive, lay and hatch their eggs and begin raising a new batch.

Step 8

Unexpected visitor at hummingbird feeder

Chipmunks enjoy hummingbird nectar too!

Be prepared to attract some unwanted visitors as well as birds - it does seem inevitable and can also be quite entertaining. Have fun as you attract these feathered friends no matter where you live.


 

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the bird feeders clean so that the birds will stay safe and healthy in your yard and not go elsewhere.

  • Maintain a clean, fresh water source to also keep the wild birds safe and healthy in your yard.

  • Experiment with different types of seed and feeders until you attract the wild birds you'd like to your area.

  • Always use fresh food/seed for feeding all birds to reduce the chances of hurting/infecting them and to keep them coming back for more food.

  • Add a wide variety of feeders throughout the yard to attract birds of many species.
  • Birdwatching can become quite addictive!

  • At the end of the season when your feathered friends start to migrate, clean out all  feeders with warm soap and water, air dry and store in a clean dry area until needed again the following spring and year after year for loads of birdwatching enjoyment.

Attract Hummingbirds with ease!

Don't be surprised at more than one hummingbird out your window

This feeder is super easy to fill and clean plus you'll love the hummingbirds you'll attract to your yard - hang it near a window!

Lily Bird Bath Antique

Add a water source to your yard for your friends!

This adorable birth bath will provide hours of enjoyment for your feathered friends at a great price, it's easy to clean and easy to fill.

Wild Bird Seed

stock up on favorite seeds that the songbirds will love!

Wagner's 13004 Four Season Wild Bird Food, 20-Pound Bag
Amazon Price: $12.00 Buy Now
(price as of Sep 19, 2016)
Keep a variety of bird seed on hand so you'll continue to attract all types of birds to your feeders. They'll love this seed and you'll love watching and listening to the songs of the finches, cardinals, titmice, juncos, woodpeckers, sparrows and more.
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