Attracting Wild Birds

There is truly nothing like hearing the sound of wild birds calling and talking back and forth in your own yard. To look out of your windows and see birds making their homes, flying and frolicking in your own yard may even give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Unfortunately not everyone lives in an area that is rich with, or fit for, bird life. With the abundance of cities, towns and civilization, habitats for wild birds is not at its best. On the other hand you can create a healthy habitat for wild birds with a little bit of effort.

Depending on where you live you may not be able to do more than put up a bird feeder or two, a bird house or possibly a small patio garden. If this happens to be your situation rest assured that you can still attract several wild birds to your bird habitat. If you opt for a bird feeder you will want to hang it where you can easily reach it to refill it as the feed will disappear quickly once the birds know it is there. For a bird house you can either build a simple house or purchase one from any local department or livestock store.

If you have a yard area that you can transform into a bird habitat the possibilities are almost endless as to what you can do. Your new habitat will have to offer shelter and protection from both the elements of nature and other animals. Though bird houses are an instant addition to your habitat it may not offer immediate results. I consider natural cover to be the best solution. This type of cover can be simply created with vegetation such as bushes and shrubs as well as a small pile of brush. The vegetation can be planted in large planters if you cannot plant them directly (very handy if you are a renter). A small pile of brush works well for smaller birds to hide from birds of prey.

There are flowers, shrubs and small trees that you can add to your yard to attract wild birds. Many flowers offer seeds and insects for the birds to eat. Many shrubs will offer berries for them to eat in the colder months as well as shelter and nesting places. Small trees, within one to three years, will offer shade for you and endless opportunities for birds to nest, feed and thrive.

Adding a bird habitat to your living space, no matter how small or large, is not only easy but can prove to be very satisfying (and relaxing).

Pat Mulford •