Attracting Birds to your Garden

Attracting birds into your garden opens up a whole new dimension to it. Birds are lively and musical offering hours of entertainment if you choose. Often people do not realize what  great diversity of birds live in their area until they open the garden doors with a welcome sign.

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The birds in your yard are also hard workers, they are wonderful for helping to eliminate many harmful bugs that are threatening your garden. Your garden will become full of bird songs, bird rituals and surprisingly bird companionship. Many birds are very comfortable around humans and soon get to know who’s looking out after them.

American Robin in Tree / Sensible Gardening
American Robin / Sensible Gardening

Meet a few basic requirements and you will have birds in your garden. It will not happen immediately so be a bit patient, for some species it could take the best part of a season or two. Once they are established though they will return on a regular basis. Attract birds to your garden with water, a food supply and shelter. They really don’t ask for much.

Probably the most important is a water supply. Water is an essential and many birds love to bath to rid themselves of pesky parasites. A simple birdbath, a shallow pan of water at ground level, small to large man made ponds with or without creeks or fountains all work.

Classic Bird Bath / Sensible Gardening

Birds are attracted to the sound and sight of water movement, probably why they are usually running through the sprinkler or hopping around on a rainy day. Your water supply musts be kept filled and clean and placed in a sheltered site. Not to deep, only about 2 inches at most. Your birds will dirty their bath water quickly so a daily cleaning with a quick brush and rinse will keep their bird bath healthy.

Attract birds to your garden with a reliable food supply, besides all those garden bugs you want to get rid of. There  are many types of feeders on the market all designed to attract specific types of birds. Many are designed to protect small birds while eating as hawks will be on the look out.

Place your feeder in the open but also provide nearby cover. You can make a homemade feeder out of just about anything and let it swing from a tree branch, or for ground feeders simply scatter seeds on the ground. If cats are in your area, please place your feeding stations in a protected area where the cats cannot get at it. Always keep your feeders full and clean.

Suet Bird Feeder at Sensible Gardening
Suet Feeder / Sensible Gardening and Living

Place your feeder in the open but also provide nearby cover. You can make a homemade feeder out of just about anything and let it swing from a tree branch, or for ground feeders simply scatter seeds on the ground. If cats are in your area, please place your feeding stations in a protected area where the cats cannot get at it. Always keep your feeders full and clean.

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Covered Seed Bird Feeder / Sensible Gardening

How to attract birds to your garden with natural plantings is another way of providing them a free lunch. Plants to attract birds include bushes, trees, vines and flowers. Many are the same plants used when attracting butterflies. With a diverse plant collection in your garden you can have seeds, berries and fruit to add diversity to the bird’s diet. Many plants will supply your birds with winter food when they need it most. What plants attract birds? The list is long but a few are elm, maple, pine and spruce trees, berry bushes, grape vines, verbascum, honeysuckle, juniper or cranberry.

Rustic bird house / Sensible Gardening and Living
Bird House in Winter / Sensible Gardening and Living

Last but not least is shelter. Trees will provide nesting sites and shelter for fierce weather. Most preferred are dense growing evergreens and trees. Birdhouses are another great asset and can be constructed to attract specific bird species. Once again place then in a secure area and keep them clean. Watch that undesirable tenants such as rodents and squirrels have not moved in. Man made structures often supply roosting sites as do shelves raised on a pole.

Robin Eggs in Nest / Sensible Gardening
Robin Eggs / Sensible Gardening and Living

Most of all, sit back and enjoy the antics of your new found garden friends.