Waking up to chirping birds is a rewarding start of your day for a lot of people. Many people enjoy sipping their first cup of coffee in the morning while watching the birds in there backyard. This makes for a refreshing start each day before we ease into our hectic schedule or daily responsibilities.
Here are some tips in attracting these friendly fliers.
Bird Baths – No matter the size of your yard, your landscape can be enhanced to attract your friendly fliers closer. The first thing to do is put out a source of water. Reflecting sunlight off the surface of the water will attract your feathered friends, but better yet the sound of dripping water is better.
Bird Feeders – You will want to place a few different bird feeders around your lawn so the birds have plenty of room to eat. There are many different types on the market that are inexpensive. Keep your feeders and the area below clean for the health of your feathered guests.
Bird Houses – Another thing to consider is adding a bird house or two. These are always great for attracting the friendly fliers. Again there are many to choose from.
Mulch – Yes, bird feeders and bird houses can sure attract birds to your backyard, but to really attract and keep them coming back using mulch is the key. Once you spread the mulch around in your backyard you will begin to attract bugs, critters and lizards, which make for good food sources for your friendly fliers along with your bird seed. This will also reduce the amount of bird seed that you will have to purchase. And, in this economy every little thing helps.
The mulch helps keep the soil moist and cool. Maintaining a steady layer will begin to enrich your soil. Recommended mulch is your basic grass clippings, pine bark or pine straw. The grass clippings of course you can get from your grass cuttings while the pine bark or pine straw can be obtained from tree trimmers. They normally grind up the tree trimmings and haul to the dump so you should be able to get this type of mulch for free. I think they would be happy to give it away instead of having to haul it away.
Spraying – Do not spray pesticides on your lawn. What this does is kill all the insects in your lawn and mulch. These insects are the base of food for your friendly fliers and keep them coming back for more.
Trimming – Don’t trim your trees and bushes heavily in the early spring. This will leave the berries, which attract the birds. If you trim heavily then their may be no berries and the friendly fliers will not come. They also like to move around restlessly between tree branches and like to have areas where they can hide if they are threatened.
These basic tips will help attract birds to your backyard and keep them coming back. As you can see there are several things that can be done to help attract friendly fliers for your bird watching enjoyment.