How to Attract Birds
Attracting birds to your yard is easy. All you need to do is supply them with food, water, and shelter.
Birds find food by sight. The best way to attract the birds to a new feeder is to put out a black oil sunflower or mixed seed feeder. Once they find your feeder, and this may take a little while, you can add to your feeder assortment. Suet feeders, Peanut feeders, and Nyjer (Thistle) feeders are great additions to your feeding station.
If your seed gets wet and moldy throw it out. We don’t eat spoiled food and neither do the birds.
Water is the next thing that you want to add to your feeding station. Birds need to drink and bathe and having a source close by will help keep the birds in your yard.
In the summer adding a dripper to your bath will increase its usage. Birds are attracted to moving water.
In the winter adding a heated bird bath or bird bath heater will keep open water for your birds.
Provide shelter for your birds by adding bushes and trees to your yard. The birds use the trees and bushes for shelter and nest building.
You can also add houses to your yard for the cavity nesting birds to use. When you choose a nest box you want to make sure that the box has ventilation holes at the top of the box and drainage holes in the floor of the box. There should be a hinged or removable access door on the box to be able to access the interior to clean the box out after the baby birds have fledged.
By providing food, water and shelter your yard will become a virtual haven for the birds.