Attracting Birds To Your Garden
There are a lot of great reasons to start attracting more birds to your garden. Not only are they endlessly fascinating to watch, but they make great subjects for photography. There are many thousands of different species of birds, and while the ones in your area might vary greatly, there are some general methods of attracting them without worrying too much about a specific species.
If you’ve been growing out your garden at home and want to start bringing in more wildlife, including as many birds as possible, these helpful hints might just be right for you.
Creating A Welcoming Environment
Most birds tend to be attracted to a specific kind of environment. For instance, most birds need access to water, and having water available to them at all times will bring in dozens of birds at a time. One way to do this is by setting up small bird baths around the garden, although depending on the size, this might not attract birder species.
Creating a small pond in your landscaping is another way of attracting birdlife, but it can also bring in other kinds of wildlife like frogs and insects. And while water is important, many people may not know that sand can also be used to bring in as many birds as possible. Most birds tend to bathe in sand to clean themselves of parasites and often to dig and eat the insects that live in the sand, but it can also be extremely entertaining to just watch them bathe themselves in the sand.
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Setting Up A Feeding System
Apart from water, nothing will attract birds as well as having access to plenty of natural food. Most wild birds will not be too picky about the kind of food that’s left out for them, but it’s a better idea to offer them wild birdseed wherever possible, as this will give them a source of food that’s closer to what they would generally eat in the world.
Platform feeds are a great idea, as they can be put on the ground, screwed on to the side of a tree, or hung from a strong rope, giving the birds a vantage point where they can eat in safety. It might also be worth invest in some suet balls, which are balls made out seeds that are generally hung from a branch, allowing the birds to land on it and eat the seeds.
Instead of throwing away old fruit that’s not good for human consumption, you may want to put the fruit out for the birds to eat. Many species love fresh fruit, and it’s easy enough to stick an old apple or pear on the end of a branch that's relatively high off the ground, giving the birds a place to sit and eat.