How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

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  1. egretThe easiest way to attract birds is to not own an outdoor cat – at least it won’t discourage birds. You have your basic woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and sparrows, but if you’re trying to attract snowy egrets and other fancy birds, you’ll need to have a bit more exciting things in your backyard garden.

    Different birds like different heights for their nests, so research your bird’s desired nest height before building a birdhouse.

    Attract Big Birds Like Egrets

    Birds like water. You’ll never attract birds without a good water source. The wider the bird bath – the better the attraction. Birds need to see the water from the sky or hear the sound of it falling. This is where waterfalls and wider ponds can be a good way to go.

    To attract larger birds, you need three very enticing things: natural coverage, bigger pond, things to eat. Snowy egrets have a fancy for fish, so if you are willing to sacrifice a few fish in the name of bird watching, add some tasty ones to your fish pond and make sure they are colorful enough that the bird can see them. Trees and other tall plants to provide shade and places to hide will also attract birds that don’t want to be easily spotted by predators.

    Attracting Hummingbirds

    Hummingbirds are like the “Field of Dreams” bird: if you build it, they will come. Any humming bird feeder will do, but for an added bonus, bright red honeysuckle is a popular attraction for most hummingbirds, including the costas and the ruby-throated.

    Noisy Woodpeckers

    You need to have a very tall post or tree for a woodpecker bird house. Woodpeckers will only build homes at very tall heights, so you’ll need a post that is at least 15 feet tall – and that’s on the stingy side. 30 feet is the ideal, if you can manage it. Make sure you have a place for the bird to carve out its own home, rather than hollowing out something in advance.

    Run-of-the-Mill Birds

    If you want sparrows and crows, just plant things you don’t want them to eat like vegetables or grass seeds. They’re as easy to attract as rats.

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