Creating A Bird-Friendly Back Yard

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If you enjoy sitting on your porch and watching the birds come and go to the feeder and water dish, then create a bird-friendly yard to draw more feathered visitors. With a little landscaping and a variety of feeder types and seeds, you'll have a constant stream of guests as they eat, drink, bathe and perch right in front of you. Here are some project ideas to get you started on your back yard bird haven.

Four Elements of Attracting Birds

The landscape architecture of your yard helps to determine the types of birds that will visit. Perching birds need trees and bushes on which to sit. Ground feeders need open space on which to feed. Creepers need something like a tree trunk on which to hold.

The type of seed determines who your regular guests will be. Black-capped chickadees prefer larger seeds such as sunflower seeds and peanut pieces. Dark-eyed juncos look for the smaller seeds that get knocked out of the feeder onto the ground.

The type of feeder draws different birds to them. Large seeds in tray-type feeders attract the towhees. Smaller millet in tube feeders attracts pine siskins and finches.

Besides the food, water is a necessity that draws most birds to a yard. Water dishes in different configurations give the birds a place to drink and bathe.

Placement of the Feeders

Have feeders at close, medium and faraway spots to attract different birds.

Chickadees are so bold that some people can get them to take seeds from their hand. Position feeders right next to your back porch to draw these comical characters near.

Song birds are more nervous and prefer more distant feeders. Warblers will show up if you position a feeder far away from where you sit.

Including a variety of trees and shrubs in your backyard landscaping plan will make birds feel safer in your yard. Having the feeders near perching spots helps some birds, such as chickadees and nuthatches, that like to dart back and forth between the feeder and a branch. But don't place the feeder so close as to allow squirrels to drop onto the feeder. Place feeders high enough off the ground to avoid squirrels jumping up on them too.

Water and Water Features

You'll attract more feathered friends to your yard with moving water than stagnant open dishes. Some birds you'll only see at the watering spots, such robins and flickers that are insect eaters. Make room in your landscaping for water features that appeal to all types of birds.

Do place water dishes in the yard, but include a small fountain in each to keep the water moving and aerated. Consider a larger water feature, such as an ornamental pond or waterfall. Create several perches around the water feature so birds of various sizes can enjoy a cool drink.

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