Having birds regularly visit your yard is wonderful. They are relaxing and interesting. They provide something interesting to see and hear. They also act as nature pest control! Attracting birds is also a great way to introduce children to nature, and it’s something the whole family can share. You can take these simple steps to attract birds to your yard and you will be amazed at what you will see out your window.
1. Hang feeders, the more the better
Bird feeders are the fastest and easiest way to bring birds into your yard. Hang multiple types throughout the yard so that you can attract different types. For example I just added a Glass Hummingbird Feeder to my yard to complement the various seed feeders I have hanging around the yard.
2. Provide Clean Water
Having a clean, reliable water supple will ensure the birds don’t need to leave. The water should be running water if possible, but if not just ensure that the water is clean and consistently available. You can hang a feeder with water, have a bird bath, or a fountain if you don’t have a naturally occurring water supply.
3. Provide protected places to land
Planting trees and bushes is ideal for birds to be able to settle into and relax in. Any covered area that protects them from wind and rain should make them happy. They need to feel safe a secure in their surrounding.
4. Keep the yard calm
Avoid loud noises and loose running animals if you want to birds to relax a while. I know that’s not always possible but do they best you can. Kids love to watch the birds but encourage them to do it from a distance so the birds don’t take off on them. Birds who feel safe will stick around.
5. Provide a variety of seed
Along with having multiple types of feeders, having a variety of seed will ensure you attract a wide range of bird species. Different birds have different preferences so make sure they have lots of different options available.
6. Protect birds from collisions
Make sure that any glass windows or light colored screens have visibility to birds. Often they will see the reflections of nature in a windowpane and fly right into it. Of they will not see the obstruction at all and fly into it on accident. Try to make sure they can easily be seen.
7. Be consistent
Try to ensure the feeders are full consistently so the birds have a reliable food source. If they know it will be there they will come day after day.
8. Choose a wide variety of plants
Planting many different types of flowers, bushes, and other plants will ensure you attract all kinds of birds, and maybe even some butterflies as well. They love to rest, nest, and eat from various plants, so they more options you have, the more birds you will attract.
I received the feeder show free of charge. All opinions are my own.