When you have a garden, watching birds enjoy themselves is one of the best things you can do. Even if you’re indoors, seeing birds flit around your garden can be a fun and relaxing way to pass the time. Birds may naturally flock to your garden, but sometimes they can require a little bit of encouragement if you want them to come. Creating the right environment for them should help to attract more birds, and it can sometimes result in some surprise visitors too. You can do a few things to make your garden more attractive for birds without a lot of effort.
Install a Birdbath
Birds often get some or all of the liquid that they need from their food, but they need clean water for drinking too. They also love to have water to bathe in and make sure they’re nice and clean. Installing a birdbath is a great idea if you want to give birds somewhere to drink, wash and play. Rainwater can be used, but you should change it regularly and clean the birdbath to make sure algae doesn’t start to form. In colder temperatures, the water could freeze over. To prevent this from happening, you can find a bird-friendly antifreeze.
Put Out Food
Food for the birds is definitely one of the best ways to attract them to your garden, especially during the winter. Like any animal, they’re always looking for food, and they love it if they can easily get it from your garden instead of having to search for it. There are plenty of different foods that you can offer birds, including some household food waste that you can save from the garbage by feeding to the birds instead. You’ll also find lots of different bird foods. Some available at Calloway’s Nursery are designed to attract specific birds or even to prevent squirrels from getting into the bird feeder. If you start to put out food, remember to keep doing it. The birds will get used to coming to your garden, and they’ll be relying on you to feed them.
As well as choosing the right food, a good bird feeder in the right position will encourage birds to come. It will also help to prevent other wildlife from nibbling on your bird food if you don’t want to encourage any other animals. Keep the feeder clean and dry to help your avian visitors stay healthy.
Birds also like to have somewhere to shelter, whether it’s to briefly hide from the rain or somewhere to make a nest. You can create natural places for them to shelter with hedges and trees, or you could provide some bird boxes. Hedges and trees obviously take up more space, so you might find you don’t have space for them in your garden. You might even be able to recycle some things by turning them into shelters for birds.
Bring birds into your garden by giving them food, water and somewhere to shelter and make their home.
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