My friends are always amazed at the quantity and kinds of wild birds at my feeders when they come to see me. Some of them began asking me how I bring so many sorts of birds. After a little thinking my response was, it is simple! All you will need to do is offer wild birds what they want or want to survive. Basically birds need the exact items as we do-shelter, water and food.
Shelter is extremely important to wild birds and wild life just as it’s important to us. Shelters offer protection against the elements and predators. It gives wild birds and wild life somewhere to roost, rest and sleep. Based on the type of shelter that brought the birds that the shelter may also provide a food source. Conifers like Blue Tooth or Scotch Pines make excellent lands due to their dense branching habit. The dense branch in addition to the needles leaves wild birds protection and leads to a greater nesting survival rate. These evergreens attract wild birds too for their food resources. Pine cones yield a good deal of seeds that brings crossbills, pine siskins and pine grosbeaks. Large mature trees such as oaks or maples attract wild birds for refuge also. Woodpeckers will look for a cavity in the tree trunk for security and to raise a family. Cardinals and a number of other song birds are drawn to overgrowth and shrubbery for their shelter needs. A bird home constructed to the particulars of the kind of bird you would like to attract and put in the ideal place will lure the birds.
Food is a necessity for many animals. The availability of food and the sort of food will establish the birds brought to the lawn. Wild bird seed blends containing black and striped sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, milo, millet and corn will bring in the best range of birds. The sunflower seeds are consumed by cardinals, titmouse and nuthatches. The safflower seeds are beautiful morsels for the white breasted nuthatches and cardinals. Quail, pheasant and juncos are drawn to the cracked corn kernels. Another seed that attracts wild birds is the nyjer seed. This tiny black seed comes from India and is extremely like thistle seed.
Berries, nuts and fruit hanging on a tree or from a feeder brings fruit eating birds. Tanagers and orioles will cease to eat apples and pears. Catbirds, warblers and waxwings will help themselves to berries, apples and pears. Good luck trying to find some for yourself.
A rotten tree full of worms and rodents brings flickers and downy woodpeckers. Bees, ants and wasps are brought up by flycatchers and phoebes. Grubs are yummy to robins and grackles that can help keep the yard pests in check.
Suet is beef or fat lard that’s been rendered. It normally comes in cubes or squares and served in what’s called suet cages. The fat provides a whole lot of dietary calories and nutrients to the birds. Many businesses combine bird seed or incorporate fruit bits in with the fat providing the birds more nutritious product.
Nectar from plants and flowers such as honeysuckles, lobellia and fuchsia supply hummingbirds with higher energy calories. The high sugar content of nectar helps preserve the metabolic demands of these birds. Orioles and woodpeckers will see nectar feeders to get a dose of the sweet fluid.
Water is the third element for attracting wild birds. They’re so curious to learn what’s making the sound and where it’s coming from that they will explore. A water feature be it a pond or bird bath especially if it makes running water or draining noise will surely attract avian friends. The attraction for water varies with the seasons. All year long birds will need to have fresh water for drinking. Come the summertime birds tend to use the water for bathing. . This is significant as it helps rid the bird of lice and parasites. Additionally, it helps in maintaining excellent feather health. After bathing the birds will preen themselves spreading oils on their feathers and re-aligning their feathers to the appropriate positions. The tub helps get rid of excess oils also. Migration in the autumn brings birds into the bird bath for refreshment more so than for bathing. A bird bath in the winter using a de-icer or heating element in it is going to attract wild birds to get fresh water drinking. You will see a bird bathing, using the water but the tub is really more for drinking purposes. Birds don’t like deep water. Thus, if the water is deeper than two inches add a stone or dish to the bird to stand on. Never forget to wash the bird baths to stop the spread of diseases and also to keep our feathered friends healthy. By providing shelter, food and water your lawn should attract wild birds and wildlife. Love the birds that come to see.