Seeing your backyard full of many different types of beautiful birds is something which your entire family will enjoy watching. A good thing you can do is to name the different birds and keep a list of the different varieties. Liz Greene over at pioneersettler.com discusses 4 things that you can do to attract a large number of birds to your backyard.
4 Simple Methods To Attract More Backyard Birds To Your Homestead
For many gardeners, birds are a mixed blessing. While they’ll kindly snatch up nasty garden pests (like aphids and slugs), they’ll also help themselves to your fresh produce that you’ve laboriously been tending. Luckily, by covering specific crops with nets and framework, you can reap all of the rewards that come with birds, without risking your berries and tomatoes.
Unfortunately, making your garden a habitat for birds isn’t as simple as hanging up a feeder. While seed may draw them in, it won’t keep them. If you want birds to take up residence, you’ll need to provide them with the following four elements.
Plant Bird Friendly Plants To Attract More Backyard Birds
There are two types of plants you can offer birds—plants that provide shelter, and plants that provide food.
You’ll want to offer sheltering plants to give birds protection from predators and a place to wait when other birds are lining up for food. Shrubs, trees, and climbers will all work well for this purpose. Plants that offer food (that you won’t mind sharing) include asters, cornflowers, fuchsia, moss rose, and zinnias. If you don’t want to give up precious veggie growing space for flowers, a hanging basket garden will serve the same purpose.
Offer A Bird Feeder To Attract More Backyard Birds
A feeder stocked with good quality seed is a great way to encourage more birds to enter your garden. The range of seed mixes can be overwhelming, so keep it simple and buy a mix including sunflower seeds, canary seed, hemp and husk-free oats. This will appeal to a broad range of birds. These are a diverse range of feeder styles—you’ll need to shop around to find one that meets both your aesthetic and maintenance schedule.
Keep your feeder near plant cover so birds can escape from cats and other predators. If squirrels are a problem in your neighborhood, you’ll want to invest in a squirrel-proofing measures (unless you don’t mind feeding the squirrels too). Make sure to clean your feeder regularly and remove any old or moldy seed, so as not to make your feathered friends sick.
Watch the video on the next page showing Hummingbirds do something that will amaze you. It amazed me when I watched it the first time.