How To Attract Wild Birds Into Your Garden?
Birds are funny and interesting to watch. Listed down are the tips to attract birds to your garden.
1.Feeders attract the birds.
- Selecting appropriate feeder is very important. You must know about the local birds in your area.
- Pick tray feeder to attract pigeons and sparrows.
- Tray feeder must have screened bottom rather than solid. This allows the seepage of water as and when required.
- House feeders and tube feeders attract cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, grosbeaks, and titmice.
- Suet feeders are made from wire or plastic mesh that can be tied to a tree trunk.
- Suet feeders attract woodpeckers, blue jays, and starlings.
2. Variety of bird food
- For attracting wild birds to my garden, I used to keep the variety of seeds for them.
- I keep multiple foods in multiple feeders.
- You can keep sunflower seeds that attract many birds like sparrows, blue jays, cardinals, and chickadees.
- Nyjer seeds can be placed in tube feeder and attract redpolls, finches and indigo buntings.
- Seed mixes offer a variety of seeds to attract many birds at the same time.
- Suet is a great source of proteins. It can attract woodpeckers, wrens, jays and starlings.
- Nectar is a mixture of sugar and water. Hummingbirds love it.
3. Install feeder in safe location
- To avoid window collisions and predators, place the feeder in a safe place.
- You can place the feeders near trees or shrubs.
4. Clean the feeder on a regular basis.
Seeds must be changed in every 2-3 days to prevent the development of bacteria and fungi.
5. Place a source of water in your garden
- Birds need a fresh and clean source of water for bathing and drinking.
- You can use a bird bath of 1-4 inches deep to attract a variety of birds.
- Birds love the sound of running water. So, if possible, add a fountain.
- Change water in every 2-3 days and keep it out of the reach of predators.
6. Create space for nesting
- Encourage birds to stay. You can hang nest boxes at safe places.
- Select the nest box made from thick wood like cedar or oak and insulating material.
- Do not buy a box with a perch as it can provide a way to predators like squirrel and cats.
7. Provide birds with nesting material
- Help birds to build their nest by providing nesting material.
- I keep wool, string, pet hair, lint and grass clippings in the hollow of a tree.
8. Plant native trees and shrubs
- Plant trees that provide food like berries, nut, and nectar to birds.
- You can plant coniferous or deciduous trees, sunflowers, crabapples, and serviceberries.
- Keep dead trees as it provides the source of shelter to the birds.
- Create a brush pile. It will provide an area for hunting. It contains many insects and is an excellent source of food for birds.
- Beneficial birds for pests
Many birds like Bluebirds, cardinals, and chickadees eat pests like grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, ants, etc. You do not require pest control. I hope that these tips are helpful to attract wild birds to your garden.
Author: Robert Gate