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Attract Birds to your Garden in 4 Steps

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: April 24, 2018
Attract Birds to your Garden in 4 Steps

In this article, bird lovers will find four very important tips about attracting birds to your garden. As you already know, these small animals are a bit shy, so you will have to be patient.

Once the birds realize that your garden is a good and safe area to fly in, you will enjoy the presence of a wide diversity birds; you might get goldfinches, sparrows, canaries or ladybirds, as well as others - depending on your local fauna, of course. Just remember that other less attractive birds like pigeons or blackbirds may also be attracted to your garden.

Read on and find out the 4 tips recommended by AnimalWised that will fill your home with beautiful songs and colors:

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1. Offer them food

First of all, you should get to know the endemic birds of the area where you live. This way, you will know their favorite seeds or fruit. Then, you should visit a specialist shop to familiarize yourself with the types of seeds. If you have doubts about which ones to choose, you can get a varied mixture of different types.

You should know that food is the best way of attracting birds. Once they get used to your garden they will come back for more.

It is important that the bird feeder is easy for the birds to access, but more difficult for squirrels or other animals. It should also be sheltered to prevent the seeds from getting wet when it rains.

Attract Birds to your Garden in 4 Steps - 1. Offer them food

2. Offer them a refreshing bath

Particularly during the summer, birds enjoy bathing in small ponds or rivers. If you don't have anything similar at home, you can set up a place where they can clean their wings, just like you did with the feeder.

It is important that you clean it regularly as, due to defecating and urinating, the birds could get sick or stop visiting. If you've never seen a bird bathing, you're going to enjoy the beautiful sight when it happens.

Attract Birds to your Garden in 4 Steps - 2. Offer them a refreshing bath

3. Offer them a nest

Whether it is for breeding or simply for shelter, birds love nests. You should make sure that the nest opening is small enough so they don't feel threatened by the presence of any predators. It should also be at a considerable height.

You can make the inside of the nest soft by adding goat hair or coconut fiber, which are available at any specialized pet shop. The sheds you'll find in shops today are also really nice.

Attract Birds to your Garden in 4 Steps - 3. Offer them a nest

4. Offer them a suitable environment

In addition to these elements which can be too artificial, adding the appropriate greenery can certainly attract different species of bird to your garden too. You should provide the birds with an habitat that suits their needs; with an attractive environment, their presence will be guaranteed.

Some birds may feed on the nectar of flowers or shelter and look for food in certain bushes. Here are a few examples of greenery that most birds like:

  • Vancouver Jade
  • Dogwood
  • Eleagno
  • Forsythia
  • Black alder
  • Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle
  • Azaleas
  • Japanese yew

Of course, this will all depend on what can grow in your climate and the kind of birds in your region, so it's worth doing some research.

Attract Birds to your Garden in 4 Steps - 4. Offer them a suitable environment

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Tips
  • You should regularly clean the bird feeders and water at its source.
  • Do not touch or go near the nest, as you will frighten the birds away.
  • Only offer them seeds, vegetables and fruit, never any food of animal origin.

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