How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

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When we first moved to our home, one of the first things I wanted to learn was how to attract birds to your backyard.  We have five windows in our living room and I love looking out the windows while I’m working.  Seeing the wild birds playing in the trees is really relaxing for both me and my husband.   While we have different birds in our backyard depending on what time of the year it is, there are always some birds that visit our feeders even on the coldest days.

How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

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How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

There are a number of different things that you can do to encourage the wild birds to visit your yard year round. If you enjoy watching the birds in your yard, one of the first things that you need to do is to offer them bird seed.  Different birds tend to prefer different types of seed but you can generally attract a variety with a standard bird seed mix.  I tend to use black sunflower seeds because they attract more of the brightly colored birds I enjoy watching.

How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

 

Set out a bird bath to offer visitors a place to drink and bathe.  Change the water regularly so that mosquitoes and algae don’t take over your fresh water.  Be sure that there is an edge for the birds to land.

How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

Offer the birds somewhere to nest and lay eggs.  You can use nestboxes or provide natural nest sites like hedges with thick cover for them to hide in. The birds will need somewhere to build a next to lay their eggs as well as somewhere to hide from their natural predators.

Plant colorful flowers in your garden to attract not only birds but bees.  If you plant red and pink flowers, you will attract hummingbirds to your garden. One of the benefits of attracting birds and bees to your yard is that they will help polinate your fruits, flowers and vegetable gardens. Here are a few flowers that can take full sun.

Now that you know how to attract birds to your backyard, which ones are you most excited to see?

 

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  3. I remember once the hose had a hole and it was squirting water. Before I could turn it off, their was a hummingbird that starting drinking from the water. It was so cute and I wish I had a camera in hand.
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  4. I love having birds in our yard! Great tips and I have everything but the colorful flowers. I will have to work on that in the spring. Your pics are great, too!
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  5. I have to try sunflower seeds. The kids love watching birds, and unfortunately I don't have a green thumb...so guess I'll have to focus on the seeds and birdbath!
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