Common Garden Birds Of Prey: Attracting Birds Of Prey To Gardens
Attracting birds of prey to your garden is one of the most enjoyable things you can do with your time. You will get lots of compliments from friends and family members when they see them there! They love watching these beautiful creatures swoop down and pluck away at your flowers or fruit trees.
However, it’s not just about attracting birds of prey to your garden; it’s also about attracting other wildlife such as squirrels, rabbits, mice and even small lizards.
It is important to keep in mind that all of these animals are attracted to certain types of food sources. If you have a variety of different foods available then the chances are good that some of them will come along too.
In addition, if you have a wide variety of plants and shrubs, then many other kinds of insects may visit your garden. Insects are generally very hardy and adaptable so they’ll probably survive whatever happens to your garden during the winter months.
There are several ways to attract birds to your yard.
One of the best ways to do this is by planting trees and shrubs that will provide food for them.
These plants include:
These fruits also provide homes for small mammals and insects, so they are the jack-of-all-trades of the garden world. As a general rule, you should plant at least two trees per person in your family. This ensures that there will be enough food for everyone.
These plants are especially attractive to birds of prey such as owls and hawks. If you have small rodents like rats or voles in your area, these are definitely the types of plants that you’ll want to plant. You may even attract a few snakes!
Finally, you can also plant fruit and nut trees to attract birds. There are several types including:
These plants produce food that is very nutritious for birds and they will usually stay in the area all year long. You’ll definitely want to plant more than one type of plant to ensure that you attract a wide variety of birds. It’s always fun to watch them flying overhead as they enjoy the fruits (or nuts!
hehe) of their labor.
You may also want to plant a few flowers as well. This is especially true if you have a lot of trees and shrubs in your yard. Many birds enjoy eating the insects that live on various types of flowers so they’re more than just a pretty face.
White Crown Viciaries
These are just a few of the flowers that you can plant. You can also plant some vegetables in your garden to attract the smaller birds like sparrows, chickadees and finches.
Be sure to leave a few weeds as well. These are of great benefit to the birds that like to eat the seeds on them such as sparrows, finches and cardinals.
You can also put out bird feeders in your yard. This is especially important during the winter months when natural food is scarce. There are many different types of bird feeders in which you can buy.
Tube feeders are great for holding peanuts, sunflower seeds and other similar foods. These can be hung from a tree branch but make sure that they’re at a good height or the squirrels will get to them before the birds do!
Seed feeders are probably the most popular type of bird feeder. These come in many different designs but all have a reservoir of food such as sunflower seeds. The birds pull the food up through a tube by perching on a perch.
You will need to refill these types of feeders every day or two.
Bucket feeders are usually suspended from a tree branch and are designed to hold nuts such as peanuts. These are perfect for feeding the horses as they have very large mouths! The birds don’t have much trouble getting the food out of these.
You can also make your own bird feeder by poking some small holes in an old peanut butter jar. Just fill it up with seeds, attach it to a tree branch and you’re ready to go! You’ll have to replace the seed more often than any of the other feeders but it’s a great way to cut costs.
Make sure that you store your birdseed in a cool, dry place. The last thing you want is for it all to get ruined because of a leak or some other accident. This is also important to keep away rodents and larger birds such as crows and squirrels.
They will take over your feeders if you let them!
If you’d like to attract larger birds you can always invest in a birdbaths. You can fill these with either plain or decorative rocks (be careful when using real rocks as some birds will peck at the edges and throw the rock at the other birds!) or you can fill them with water.
The birds will really enjoy these in the summer months when they need to cool off. You’ll also notice that many birds will use them to bathe their young.
Make sure that you clean out your birdbath at least once a week. You can also add some chlorine bleach to the water to help keep it clean and fresh. The edge of the birdbath where the bird stands will also get dirt in it so you may want to use some plants as decoration there so it won’t get contaminated.
All birds need water no matter what time of year it is so don’t forget to have a clean container of water for them year round!
That about covers everything you need to know about attracting birds! Best of luck to you and have fun watching them!
“Birds – Attracting Birds.” 2007. Audubon North Carolina.
24 Mar. 2007
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