Creating a Backyard Bird Feeding Oasis

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By Rebecca Barnes

Want to get up close and personal with the wild birds around your home? Creating a backyard bird feeding station is an easy way to make that happen. Of course, you’ll need more than just food; follow our simple steps below for how-to instructions! Now’s your chance to attract local species of feathered friends right outside your door — happy watching!

Choose the Right Station Location

Location, Location, Location. Creating an inviting environment is key to attracting certain species of wild birds! Read up on what the birds you want to attract prefer to eat and how they eat. For instance, hummingbirds are attracted to nectar-rich plants like shrubs with tubular flowers that guarantee them sweet treats!

Keep convenience in mind when selecting a spot for your bird feeding station. Choose an area with an easy view from your patio or deck so you can enjoy their comings and goings. For effortless upkeep, pick somewhere conveniently accessible to make food refills quick and easy.

Meeting Basic Habitat Needs

Basic habitat needs are essential. These include a spot to land and take off from, where they can perch while looking for food or shelter, and where they can find cover when the weather turns bad, or predators appear!

Create a cozy and safe environment for visiting birds by looking for available spots along the edge of your woods or near trees and shrubs. This will give them peace of mind, allowing an easy escape should any potential danger appear nearby. Some bird species may even explore these areas first to gain trust in their
new surroundings. Cardinals are one species that loves to be extra cautious!

Want to make sure squirrels don’t get the jump on your bird feeders? Place them close enough for easy access but not too near a tree or fence – otherwise, those cunning critters could hop off their launchpad and dive right into breakfast!

Stay Away from Home

Birdwatching can be a fun hobby, and setting up your feeding station near the window may seem like the best way to get an excellent view of all those feathery friends. However, keeping some distance between home and “the cafe” is essential for their protection! So instead, place feeders at least 30 feet away from windows — this gives birds enough room if they ever need to escape any predators in sight.

If you want your local feathered friends to hover close by, consider placing a bird feeder near your window. This way, even if flight occurs, they won’t get too far away or have time and distance for it to cause harm.

So, Let’s Talk About Bird Feeders

When it comes to bird feeders, variety is key! To ensure your backyard visitors are both plentiful and varied in species, hang multiple types of bird feeders. Explore the popular options for attracting feathered friends nearby. Here are some feeder styles to check out:

  • Ground platform
  • Hopper
  • Nyger seed
  • Pole-mounted
  • Nectar
  • Suet

Add a Sturdy Bird Feeder Pole

Did you decide to set up a few pole-mounted bird feeders around your station? Buying a strong, durable one that you know will hold up against adverse weather, beating sun, and the curious paws of wannabe intruders is always best.

Landscaping With Birds in Mind

If you’ve got a yard lacking natural features, don’t despair! Adding some trees and shrubs to your property is an easy way of creating the perfect atmosphere for wild birds. Embrace the beauty of nature by choosing native plants. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they will also attract local insects and provide healthy nourishment for birds. Nature lovers will be delighted by how quickly their backyard transforms into a habitat full of life!

Invest in the Best (Bird Food)

Feeding birds nutritious, tasty food is key to keeping them coming back for more! Avoid seed blends with filler ingredients like milo, oats, or wheat. They may be cheap but they offer little sustenance. Look at labels carefully before choosing a quality product that will make your feathered friends feel full and satisfied. Keep your birdseed fresh and clean in an airtight container between fill-ups.

Just Add Water

All birds need access to clean water, so create an inviting watering station! By adding this important part of their diet, you’ll discover that not only can they quench their thirst but also use it as an opportunity to get cleaned up — after all, nobody likes a dirty bird! Remember to keep refreshment stations nice and fresh by changing out the water on a regular basis to avoid bacteria. Roughly every other time you change the water, it’s also best to scrub your bird bath to keep it fresh.

Now, Get Ready to Enjoy

Creating the ultimate backyard bird paradise requires a bit of effort, but it’s worth carefully selecting your spot and supplies. Setting up feeders with different types of food will attract an amazing variety of birds — then you can sit back and bask in nature’s glory for years!

For a list of birds native to our area, visit pwconserve.org/wildlife/birds/lists/backyard.

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