If you’re looking for a way to extend your back yard’s leisure activities, attracting birds to it can lead to enjoyment of an activity known as birding. One way to enhance your appreciation for whatever species finds its way into your yard is to download a free bird-identification app. It’s not difficult to do a little research on ways to help birds feel safe and comfortable in your yard, attracting them to it and offering you and your family plenty of living artwork in the process!
Accommodations for Backyard Birds: Places to Perch
In addition to feeding stations and water features, birds will greatly appreciate your providing for their need to find safe, comfortable places to perch and find shelter. While your human guests will, no doubt, appreciate chaise lounges and floating chairs, birds require simpler structures. They need someplace to rest that offers them distance from any hunters, such as local cats. They will reward you by preening and looking around at the lovely outdoor oasis you’ve created. If your yard doesn’t include natural perches found in bushes and trees, you can install perching sticks to offer a similar type of respite.
If you desire birds to do more than visit your yard and, instead, make it their home base, adding bird houses can increase the chances of that happening. Bluebirds, sparrows, and wrens are some of the species most likely to occupy birdhouses. The larger the bird you wish to accommodate, the larger the house you’ll need to provide. But even a small house that’s only 8 inches high with a base that’s 5 square inches can help offer hospitality to some smaller species of birds. If you wish to offer an option for nocturnal guests, know that owls will require a structure with a base that measures 10 square inches and that’s at least 2 feet tall.
Accommodations for Backyard Birds: Colorful
Like many of us, birds are naturally attracted to colorful elements. The more color you add to your poolscape, the more attractive it will be for birds. From painted bird houses to dramatic flowering plants, colorful elements will help your feathered friends hide predators as well as attract mates. Birds are naturally attracted to items that reflect their own palette, so if there’s a specific bird you want to see, be sure to incorporate the color of that bird into your backyard design. Goldfinches, for example, are typically attracted to shades of yellow and orange. Hummingbirds are particularly known to gravitate toward the color red.
For more tips on how to attract birds, check out this article by Garth C. Clifford of World Birds.
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