Birdfeeders And Birdhouses

If you enjoy watching the birds and want them to visit your yard you need to provide them with a reason for visiting.  Providing some feed and perhaps a birdhouse or two can entice the birds to spend some time at your property.

Choosing the right birdhouse or birdfeeder and the right location can be a difficult decision.  Birds can be pretty picky when it comes to deciding on a birdhouse to occupy.  If you want to attract different types of birds you may want to mount several different birdhouses so the birds can make a choice.  Make sure your birdhouses are up and ready for occupancy at the time birds are searching for a place to create their nest. You may install several birdhouses in your yard and the birds will not want to occupy any of them or they may choose just one.

Some birds such as swallows and bluebirds like their birdhouse located in a wide-open area.  The bluebird houses should be deeper than the swallow birdhouses.   Birds like the robin like their nest boxes located in trees or under the eaves.  Birdhouses that are mounted just inside a tree line will attract wrens. The Purple Martins want to have lots of other birds of the same type around them so they prefer a birdhouse with lots of individual rooms.  Many birds establish an area of land and trees where they will not be disturbed by other birds.

Birds which usually occupy birdhouses include the wood ducks, goldeneyes, buffleheads. Mergansers, American kestrels, owls, woodpeckers, northern flickers, flycatchers, tree swallows, purple martins, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, bluebirds, starlings, sparrows and house finches.

In addition to mounting birdhouses, if you want to attract birds you need to provide some birdfeeders and food.  If you want to attract cardinals, finches, jays, sparrows, chickadees, pine siskins, titmouse, nuthatches, woodpeckers and redpolls use a black oil sunflower seed in a tube feeder with a tray.  To attract finches use a thistle feeder with thistle seed.  A tube feeder with peanuts will attract cardinals, sparrows, starlings, chickadees, juncos, finches, titmouse, grackles, doves and jays.  To attract hummingbirds you need a hummingbird feeder with hummingbird nectar.  Hummingbird nectar can be purchased commercially and this nectar may provide added vitamins and minerals.   Or, you can easily make your own nectar by combining 4 parts water and 1 part sugar.  Boil the water and stir in the sugar.  Allow nectar to cool before filling feeder.

Place your birdfeeders in locations where you can see the birds feeding and enjoy them.

In addition to the food, birds also need water.  A birdbath is an excellent way to provide water for your backyard birds.  Be sure to clean the birdbath regularly to prevent birds passing diseases from one bird to another.

By providing some birdfeed, several birdhouses from which to make a selection, and a birdbath for water you just might entice the birds to visit your yard instead of another yard in your neighborhood.  Watching the birds can provide you lots of relaxation and enjoyment.