1. Place feeders in different areas of your yard and garden-this will give all the birds an opportunity to eat not just the "bully" birds like Jays and Starlings.
2. Provide water year round. I even provide water in winter with this heated birdbath. The birds share it with the other animals that use it.
3. Be consistent if you wish to keep having them return. Don't let your feeders remain empty for a long time between fillings
4. Have a variety of feeder types available. I have very hungry squirrels in my yard so I have feeders that are "squirrel proof". There are many types available including hanging, platform, tube, suet, and "sock" feeders.
|Hanging squirrel resistant feeders|
|Squirrel resistant feeder on a pole|
|Platform feeder slightly off of the ground|
|Birdseed for ground feeders|
|Milo should not be the first ingredient in birdseed|
|This birdseed has a good mix of ingredients-notice no milo|
|This birdseed mix is good for Finches-notice no milo|
Another waste of money is safflower-it is expensive and I have never had any of my birds prefer it. If you have an issue with squirrels your best bet is with a squirrel proof feeder. If you want the best all-around bird seed choose black oil sunflower. It appeals to the widest variety of birds including Woodpeckers, Finches, Cardinals, Titmice and Chickadees. You can usually find it on sale and it can be cheaper than most of the mixes.
|50 lb bag of Black Oil sunflower seeds|
7. Provide cover for them to fly into to escape potential predators. Shrubs and trees will provide the safety they need to feel better.
8. Leave seed heads of some of your plants and flowers standing in the Fall and Winter. Plants like Agastache, Rudbeckia, and Echinacea provide another food option for the birds. You can also plant shrubs and trees that provide nuts and berries to provide food for them.
9. Keep it clean! Keep your feeders and birdbaths clean to help prevent the spread of diseases that might potentially make the birds sick. Also throw away any seed that has gotten moldy from being wet. Do not leave it in the feeder. Clean up around the bottom of your feeders to remove the hulls from the seed and occasionally move your feeders to keep the area below clean for the ground feeders. Here are a few pics of my visitors:
10. Enjoy them! I hang a few feeders outside my windows so I can watch them feed especially in the morning when I am drinking my coffee. It is better than TV.
|Northern Cardinal at feeder|
|Turtle Dove junco and Sparrow|
Until next time-Happy Planting!