For serious birders, there’s nothing more exciting than spring, the time where birds flock to your yard. If you want to see more of a variety of feathered friends in your trees, birdbaths, and feeders, there are some things you’ll need to do. First and foremost, you’ll want to carefully consider your landscaping this year. What you choose to plant and use to treat weeds makes a difference in whether your yard is a bird sanctuary or not.
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, “Having a bird-friendly yard has never been more important – nearly 80 percent of wildlife habitat in the United States is in private hands, and an average of 2.1 million acres each year are converted to residential use.”
There are a number of ways to attract more birds to your yard. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:
- Put up several feeders. Select birdseed based on the type of birds you want to attract to your yard. Don’t forget to include eggshells, fruits, and mealworms in your bird feeders. Each provides extra nourishment for a variety of species of birds.
- Include nesting boxes and nesting materials for birds to choose from. Provide shelter by excavating tree trunk cavities for ducks, owls, bluebirds, and wrens. Give them a safe place to live without fear of predators getting to them or their eggs.
- Buy several birdhouses. Encourage winged friends to rest for a while. Give them a few options in housing to choose from. The taller the birdhouse, the more birds it accommodates. Keep this in mind when selecting homes for the birds in your neighborhood.
- Set up bird baths. Make sure to refill them regularly. Birds need fresh water to drink and bathe in. This is particularly true on really hot days. Make sure your garden hose is long enough to reach your bird baths easily. If not, fill a watering can or bucket and add water that way.
- Purchase a few Hummingbird feeders. Attract the fast flying birds to your yard by filling it regularly with sweet nectar. Plant daylilies, petunias, and foxgloves. Any brightly-colored tubular-shaped flowers appeal to hummingbirds.
Attracting more birds to your yard is easy. Give them food, shelter, and water. Then see how quickly they flock to your yard. The more you dress your yard with birdhouses, bird feeders, and bird baths, the more attractive your home is to birds of all varieties.