Summer Guide To Making Your Backyard Bird-Friendly
You don't have to be an ornithologist or a weekend bird-watcher to enjoy the sights and sounds of birds in your backyard. There are over 700 different species of birds in the United States, and a fair share of them can be found perched on neighborhood trees and soaring around your local sky. If you're interested in attracting birds to your yard for the sights and sounds or just hoping to help out a few local families in search of a nesting spot, keep this bird-friendly advice in mind.
Safe, Sturdy Shelter
Birds are well equipped to survive without any human intervention, but that doesn't mean they won't take advantage of a well-constructed birdhouse if you feature it in your yard. In fact, most birdhouses are designed to fit everything on their wish list, and if made well, will keep a bird from seeking shelter in the natural landscape. If you're determined to entice birds to your birdhouse, try hanging it up on the higher branches to surround it with varying densities and natural shade.
Not all birds fly south for the winter, but almost all of them come back. Food or water isn't scarce for backyard birds, but dedicating a spot in your yard for them to stop by will make them consider moving into your neighborhood permanently. Ideally, water should be placed fairly low rather than up high. Make an effort to keep the water shallow to allow smaller birds freedom to splash around and drink up, and try to select a shaded spot to keep water cool on hot days.
A little hard to find but an all-time favorite for many backyard bird enthusiasts, the hummingbird has a specific weakness for homemade sugar water. Their speedy wings are fun to watch and their needle-like beaks will fascinate kids when watching them at the feeder. Try to position hummingbird feeders in a shady spot. Arranging them by the window behind your grommet top curtains will give you a comfortable place to watch them feed from the other side of the glass.
Savvy Insect Scavengers
Birds can't get all the nutrition they need from birdfeeders. A large part of many birds' diets come from insects. Insects provide essential protein birds don't usually get anywhere else, so the more bugs you have in your yard the better. Yards are filled with pesky insects you don't even see. You don't have to worry about adding insects or encouraging insect population growth. The only thing you may want to consider is preventing the use of damaging pesticides in your yard, if possible.
Attracting birds to your backyard can be a great way to add a peaceful look and feel to your home. Whether you're in search of a birdhouse for potential nesters, a feeder for enticing hummingbirds or a set of owl kitchen towels for cooking, LTD Commodities has the products to fit your needs.