Guest post by Brett Lewis, the founder and a content contributor for BirdInformer.com, your resource for bird-watching and bird projects.
Attracting birds is a surefire way to make your backyard feel and look like it’s teeming with life. This article will highlight the ways to attract beautiful birds to your backyard.
Plants that attract Birds
Having plants in your backyard that birds find enticing is one way to attract them. There are many types of plants that birds find alluring, Each of them having specific quirks that make them attractive.
Plants that have edible seeds – Placing Plants that make seeds that birds can eat is a wonderful way to attract them. Plants like Sunflowers, Marigold, and Daisies that are aesthetically pleasing and provide birds a great source of food when fully mature are great choices.
Fruit Bearing Plants – Planting Berry Bushes in your backyard give birds another reason to visit. Bushes also provide a place for a bird to roost and surveil the area in a safe location. Examples of bushes or shrubs that provide birds fleshy fruit to eat are dogwood, arrowwood, and highbush blueberry.
Plants with attractive colors – Planting flowers or plants that have bright colors can attract certain birds to your backyard. Colors that birds find the most appealing are Red, Pink, Blue, and Yellow. You could use plants that produce edible seeds like sunflowers. Plants or flowers that don’t produce seeds are also fine as long as they have attractive colors.
Plants that provide building materials – The utility plants provide for birds cannot be underestimated. If you have plants in your backyard and want to attract birds, then leave some of the debris plants shed so that birds can pick them up. Having grass around your backyard provides birds with building materials if you trim it regularly.
Taking note of the diets of the birds present in your local area, both migratory and non-migratory, will help you effectively decide on what type of plants you need to place in your backyard. The diets of different species of birds vary and knowing the specific diets of the birds you would like to attract is critical. Usually, native birds will feed on what is familiar to them, which are plants that commonly grow around your area.
Placing birdbaths around your backyard to give birds a place to clean themselves and to get drinking water. Making your birdbath look natural by placing it near the ground and having the water flow attracts a bird’s attention more than a still water birdbath.
Place multiple bird baths in your backyard. Crowded birdbaths will discourage some birds from going into your backyard. Don’t just place birdbaths in a concentrated area and spread them apart.
Be sure to clean your birdbaths regularly. A dirty birdbath is as good as having none at all.
One of the things birds usually look for is shelter. Providing a place where birds can rest or nest is a great way to attract them. Cavity nesters, birds that nest in holes, find birdhouses as an inviting alternative to their usual choices.
The size of your birdhouse determines what bird it attracts. Generally, small birds prefer smaller birdhouses, and large birds prefer larger ones. The size of the entrance is also important. Some birds prefer the entrance to their home at the right size to stave off predators or prevent competition from nesting.
Height and Location are factors to take into consideration when erecting a birdhouse. Different birds prefer their houses at different heights. The Bluebird, for example, prefer their houses to be about 6 to 8 feet above the ground. Birds usually prefer to build their nests near foliage so that they can easily get food and building materials for their nests.
The type of birdhouse is also something birds look out for. Social birds tend to look for birdhouses with multiple entrances and rooms.
Keep Predators at bay
If you have a pet cat, keep them away from your backyard. Birds tend to stay clear of places where they know a predator is lurking about, and cats are usually the main offender. Domestic cats kill millions of small animals each year, and birds are one of the things they enjoy hunting.
Place lines or rope at a favorable height, between 6 to 20 feet, so that birds have a place to rest, survey for food and threats. Using dead branches and hanging them at the optimal height is another way of making perching spots for birds. The last alternative is buying a perching stick where you can easily plop it on the ground. Getting birds to lounge around your backyard will make bird watching much easier.
Written by Brett Lewis for Lincoln Pet Culture. Brett is the founder and a content contributor for BirdInformer.com, your resource for bird-watching and bird projects. He is an avid bird watcher and has built a bird sanctuary in his backyard following guidelines provided by the National Wildlife Federation. Additionally, Brett loves to travel and when he does, Brett is always looking for unique and interesting birdlife to write about.