A well kept garden is a great place to relax, enjoying all
the sights and sounds nature has to offer. One of those pleasures is birds,
nature’s little pets that come around showing their brilliant colors and
singing their sweet songs for our enjoyment. Attracting birds, particularly
specific breeds of birds, to your garden can be a hard task. Today, we’ll look
at some of the things you can do to turn your garden into a birding paradise
all year long.
Plants & Shrubs
Greenery is a natural feature of any yard and a surefire way to have the birds flocking to your home. Use plants that have a lot of nectar in their blossoms, as birds just can’t resist coming to them. A good mix of annuals and perennials will help you get a variety of birds in your
backyard. Shrubbery and trees are also a welcome addition, as they give birds a shady area and spots to sit up off the ground away from predators. Keep in mind that with any planting it’s best to use native species, as they’ll do the best in your area. Native plants will attract birds native to the region as well, giving you a chance to get a good look at the birds from your region.
One of the staples for attracting birds, a bird bath serves as a great resting spot for them and a decorative accessory for the home. They give birds a place to get cleaned up, get a drink, and play around for a bit. They also give you a great opportunity to watch them – just take a peek out your window or step out on the patio and you’re sure to see birds frolicking in the water. While there are many styles of bird baths out there, look for one that has a fountain head in the middle that keeps a steady stream of water flowing. The moving water will entice more birds to come to it.
If you’re going to give your birds a drink, you should feed them too! Bird feeders are a natural companion to bird baths and a welcome
sight for any bird that’s passing by your home. All that flying takes a lot of energy, so they’re always looking for some extra nutrients. The types of bird feeders available vary greatly, ranging from long tubes that hold seed to hummingbird feeders that only hold nectar to birdhouse style feeders with cages to hold suet cakes. When setting up your bird feeder, make sure to place it high enough off the ground that pets like cats or dogs can’t reach it – you don’t want them scaring off the birds!
Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that different types of birdseed will attract different birds. Here’s a rundown of some of the more common types and the birds that like them:
Black Oil Sunflower – Cardinals, chickadees,
finches, and many other species
Thistle – Smaller birds, like buntings, finches,
White Millet – Doves, juncos, and native
sparrows, among others
Cracked Corn – Blackbirds, jays, and pigeons
Premixed birdseed is also available at most home improvement stores. They often contain a mix of different types of seeds to bring different birds to your home.
Turning your garden into a bird sanctuary is easy if you know what to do. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll have the birds flocking to your backyard in no time!
About The Author – Tina Foreman is a writer with Outdoor Living. She loves outdoor decorating, playing with her dogs, and working in the garden. For more on products like bird baths, planters, garden fountains, and propane fire pits, visit OutdoorLiving.com.