Backyard Bird Watching
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is a favorite hobby for many, young and
watching is a simple, fun, and relaxing hobby that anyone, young or old,
can participate in, in almost any location.
Even city or urban backyards can become a
nesting ground for wild birds with just a little attention to detail.
If you want to provide a cozy little haven where birds will come to feed, pass
though, and eventually live, here are a few things to do:
a garden is a huge help. It doesn't have to be large. Even a small garden
will benefit both birds and butterflies as will be drawn towards a natural
setting. Concrete and steel strikes most animals as a hostile environment
because of the lack of food, water and shelter. If you have some space for trees
or a few shrubs or ferns, birds will feel much more secure and at home.
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With foliage in place, your next step is to make sure that birds will come to
your backyard. Like any living thing, wild bird needs are simple - food, water,
and shelter. Paying attention to the the first two needs is important as birds
will not consider nesting in a place where these are scarce.
Attract Wild Birds by Feeding Them
bird feeders in your backyard.
These don't have to be elaborate - something as simple as a row of plastic cups
filled with birdseed will do. My grandmother always used a metal pie tin and
placed it on her windowsill where she would sit and watch the birds for hours
during bleak winter months.
You can also grow plants in your garden that naturally grow seeds and berries
that wild birds love. Look into growing a variety of plants which provide food
no matter what the season, or grow groups of plants that bloom in different
seasons so that your little guests have food all year round.
In the winter months, dead branches or stalks
from your garden will serve as perches for your birds. This is especially
enjoyable if you place your garden near a window in your home and place a bird
feeder close by.
Wild Birds Need Water
is the next consideration. You don't need an elaborate or expensive birdbath or
fountain. Shallow pools of water will do.
If you want to keep things simple, try fresh
water in a dish or tray. An inch or two tops. You do not want to drown your
birds! If you see them struggle, place a rock in the center of your dish.
Allowing the rock to be exposed to air will act as a perch so they can drink.
You can even install a small container water
garden for a more natural setting.
Give Wild Birds a
Lastly, birds that become comfortable with
your backyard will build nests there.
Trees and dense foliage from your garden will
attract birds, providing shelter,
camouflage and protection from predators.
Of course, you can always provide a birdhouse
for nesting backyard birds to make a home.
Have I whetted your interest in backyard bird
watching? Hopefully, if you haven't already joined the happy throngs of backyard
bird watchers, these tips will help you get started!