There are numerous species of birds in the world. It does not mean that you need to travel across the world to check out all the birds. You can also enjoy the pleasure of bird-watching in your backyard.
A Little Bit of Charm
You can add a few birdfeeders, a bird bath, and a birdhouse to your backyard and then become set to enjoy sights of varied birds that visit your backyard. People who are interested in watching a lot more species of birds in their backyard can indulge in redesigning the backyard landscape to make it more bird-friendly.
Basic needs of Birds
In order to attract birds to your backyard, you need to take care of the below listed things:
- Water: A clean dish of fresh water is most likely to attract birds to your backyard. Adding drippers, bird baths, bubblers, fountains, and misters will draw in more birds to the backyard. If you want to go all out, you may also plan a pond or a waterfall.
- Food: A number of bird species get attracted to black oil sunflower seeds, nyjer, and millet seeds. Birds also prefer fruits, nectar, suet, and cracked corn. Natural food sources include wild seeds, wild seeds, fruits and berries from the backyard plants.
- Shelter: Bushes, trees, vines, shrubs, and other plants can act as shelter for birds. Creating a brush pile in your backyard will also enhance bird watching. Empty bird houses are also used as shelter by the birds.
- Safety: Birds will not visit your backyard even after you have made all requisite arrangements, if they feel that their safety is at risk. So keep you cat indoors and ensure that hawks do not come to your backyard.
- Nesting sites: The presence of bushes and trees in your backyard will attract birds to nest in them. It is indeed a treat to watch birds nesting in your backyard. You can also add nesting material to safe birdhouses and encourage nesting activities.
Bird Watching in Your Backyard
Birds are really active in the mornings and during early evenings. This is the best time to go bird-watching in your backyard. With the passage of time you will also come to know about their ‘meal-times.’ This is when they will come to the feeders in your backyard. Later, you will be able to discern the different bird species that visit your backyard as per the changing seasons.