You know that it’s spring when you awake to the beautiful sound of birds chirping in your backyard. I sometimes can be found sitting on our deck watching the birds flitting about, building nests, going through their mating rituals, and even chasing away other species.
Did you know that backyard birding (and birding in general) is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the U.S.? And it doesn’t take much effort to make your backyard a friendlier place for your feathered friends – and beautify your home at the same time.
There are dozens of different types of bird feeders available, and the birds they attract depends both upon the type of bird feeder and the type of food you put in your bird feeders.
For example, a tube feeder will attract songbirds like goldfinches, chickadees, woodpeckers, and nuthatches. If you add a tray to the feeder, you can also attract cardinals, jays, purple finches, and crossbills.
Similarly, birds like doves, blackbirds, sparrows, and towhees will utilize a tray or platform feeder with millet, while placing corn in the feeder will attract starlings, quail, and pheasants.
Hanging suet bird feeders appeal to wrens, cardinals, and woodpeckers, among others, while peanut butter suet feeders will also draw jays, bluebirds, and thrushes. Humming bird feeders will, of course, attract those fascinating hummers.
Since we live on 2 acres we don’t have much of a problem finding a cardinal, wood-pecker and others in your yards. During the spring we set up our hummingbird feeder to add to our mix of birds.
Depending on where you live will depend on what kind of bird migrates into your area so that you can choose a bird feeder that makes sense. Choose feeders that are durable, that will adequately feed the number of backyard birds that you have, and that are easy to clean.
While bird feeders often have a utilitarian design, decorative bird houses go all out, adding beauty to your yard while being fully functional for the birds you want to attract. You can find bird houses that look like Nantucket cottages, Victorian houses, and even gingerbread cottages. Not all species of birds come home to roost in a given bird house, though, so it’s important to know the housing requirements of the backyard birds you want to attract.
Have you ever gone to the store and see the vast amount of different bird baths that are available? Not only are they decorative can provide your feathered neighbors with a place to drink and bathe. Something to consider is that birds generally like a textured surface and a rim upon which they can perch, but beyond that, you can choose the design that works best with your landscaping.
Creating a bit of a save heaven for birds to eat and bath ensures the health of your own environment. I mean just think about the inspects that they take care of which then in turn reduces your amount of pesticides you have to use.
And why would you not want the beautiful sound of birds in your backyard?