Children and adults alike enjoy seeing birds in the backyard. It’s nice to be so close to these wild animals, and they are all so incredibly beautiful. If you’re not seeing any birds or you’d just like to see more you need to learn how to create a bird friendly backyard.
The first thing you should think about is whether or not the environment of your yard is right for the birds. They have very basic needs, and your yard can provide all of them. They need food, water, and shelter.
Have a walk around your yard and take a true “birds eye view”. What could they eat? Where could they gather items to make a nest? If you do notice that there are birds in one area of your yard you can take note about what’s different in that area.
One of the best things you can do is make sure there are enough of the right plants. These provide what the birds need. The best thing you can do is make sure there is a variety of different plants. There are also certain kinds of plants that species of birds are attracted to. You can study the bird species you want to attract and plant their preferred plants.
You should be sure there are some bushes or shrubs in your yard as well. Birds are skittish creatures and have natural predators that they need to hide from. If they feel safe in your yard they will be more inclined to stay there for other activities as well.
Of course, there is always the time tested bird feeder that you can provide as well. You can find a variety of different bird seeds at garden centers and virtually anywhere that pet food is sold. Make sure you put this food near an area where the birds can hide in case a predator comes.
Depending on where you live, you may not have many birds in the winter. If there are any at all you can really help them out by providing sanctuary for them. Evergreen plants are essential for shelter and food.
Since birds also need water you can provide them with a bird bath. These are great because they come in many different sizes, shapes, materials, and colors. You can really match the feeder to the look of your yard while attracting the birds you want as well.
Learning how to create a bird friendly backyard is all about providing the things the birds want and need. As more wildlife refuges are getting destroyed these birds need a place to go and you can provide it! Soon enough you’ll be surrounded by birds of all kinds. It’s simply a joy to have in your own backyard.