Looking for something rewarding to do this weekend? How about creating an inviting place for your neighborhood birds? There is something therapeutic about sitting outside in the garden and watching them fly around. Here are some tips and tricks to bring some feathered friends to your yard.
Birds, like people, have basic needs such as food, water, and shelter. Why not make their lives a little easier by providing them with some (or all) or these things.
Different birds enjoy different types of food. If you are a new bird enthusiast, you may want to start out with a few bird feeders and some basic wild bird seed. It is fun to mix and match different types of bird feeders to see if there is one that your birds prefer over another. If you want to get the kids involved, there is the oldie but goodie, cover a pinecone in peanut butter and then roll it in seeds. The birds and kids love this one!
Hummingbirds are one of the most entertaining guests to bring into your garden! Unlike larger birds, they drink their meals instead of eating them. Hummingbird feeders come in many different shapes and sizes and can be works of art themselves.
Did you know that making your own hummingbird food is easy, inexpensive, and healthier for your birds? Give it a try:
- White sugar
Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water (ex. 1 c. sugar and 4 c. water) until the sugar is dissolved.
The easiest way to do this is to warm (almost boil) the water and then stir in the sugar. Make sure the mixture has cooled before adding to the feeders.
- Do not add red dye. Red coloring is not necessary and the chemicals in the dye could prove to be harmful to the birds.
- Extra sugar water can be stored in a refrigerator.
- Change feeders every other day and thoroughly clean them each time to prevent harmful mold growth.
- Never use honey or other sugar alternatives as this can be fatal to the birds.
Birds love water! Whether they need a cool drink, or they want to splash around in a pool of water, a bird bath is a great way to attract birds to the yard. Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for some DIY bird bath ideas.
There are so many fun ways to help your bird find their perfect home in your garden! Of course, providing them with a birdhouse is one way. Providing them protection by planting trees, vines, and shrubs for them to hide in is another. Providing them with a nesting ball is another great way to encourage them to stick close.