After a winter that seemed like it would never end, your backyard friends should be coming out of their nooks to bring color and song to your garden, porch or bird feeding oasis. If you are reading this, we know you are eager to see them too! I know you are thinking, “How do I get birds to come to my yard when there is an abundance of insects and berries?” You’d be surprised to learn that even with the warmer weather, the increased insects and natural foods – birds need support from you to help them recuperate from their migration and prepare them for a busy spring season of claiming territory, seeking out mates, building nests and raising their young.
Here are some tips to help attract those feathered beauties to your land during spring:
First, clean your feeders from winter use and repair if necessary. Place several feeders around the yard with different types of food. Use a variety of different styles like tube, platform and nectar feeders to accommodate different species. Feeders supplement natural food supplies and entice birds into the open.
If you are planting, choose plants that will attain a variety of sizes, thickness and shapes at maturity – from tall trees, through large and small shrubs, to low ground cover and flower gardens. It’s beneficial to have a mixture of deciduous and evergreen species in your yard. Planting vine flowers or fruit bearing trees can help attract hummingbirds and orioles.
Providing a water supply, especially moving water, is important in attracting birds. Place a bird waterer, a bird bath or a small pond and it will become the center of bird activity in your backyard.
Provide nest boxes for cavity nesting birds. The nights are cold in the spring and without proper shelter, the freezing temperatures could be detrimental to a small songbird. Place bird houses at several locations throughout your property – and if you want to provide extra comfort – offer nesting material at various locations in your yard.
Minimize your use of insecticides as much as possible. Not only are insects a large portion of a birds diet, but some insecticides are very toxic to birds.
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