Wild-Birds


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This Wild-Birds section of www.landscaping-your-own-beautiful-garden.com is dedicated to sharing interesting information as well as bird accessories for every facet of backyard bird care you can imagine. Providing birds with everything from a simple bird house to birdfeeders and birdbaths of every variety is one of the best ways we can say thank you to our beautiful feathered friends for adding such joy to our lives.

If you're like most gardeners, hearing wild-birds sing and flutter around in your garden or seeing a hummingbird magically feeding on your beautiful flowering plants or hovering around your hummingbird feeder is one of the greatest delights in being outdoors.

Be sure not to miss the video below on how to attract these charming creatures to your own garden, as well as the "recipe" on how to make your own hummingbird nectar.

You will also find more valuable information below for attracting many other varieties of wild-birds in general to your outdoor living areas, making it a place you'll want to be every waking moment that you have beautiful weather in your area.

Attracting Wild-Birds to Your Garden

There are so many possibilities for attracting wild-birds in general. Birdfeeders, bird house designs and bird baths to meet the needs of virtually every type of bird, are the most common and obvious ways. Certainly, these are fun and practical ways for feeding, watering and providing shelter for your birds to protect them from the elements and to raise their young. But there's a huge bonus in it for you as well! They also make beautiful and delightful garden accents.

However, all the things I've mentioned just touch on the surface of the many methods you can employ. When we think of wild-birds and wild-bird watching, we often think about planning a trip, and donning our most protective outdoor gear to trudge through a damp forest or tropical jungle just to get a glimpse of a few of these beautiful creatures. Here's a novel idea .... there is no need to leave your own home if you have a garden and you've put a little effort into attracting wild-birds!

It's really quite simple to attract wild-birds and other small wildlife and so pleasant to watch them all while sipping your morning tea or coffee. I can't think of a more soothing way to start your day.

Specific Tips You Can Use to Attract Wild-Birds

1. Provide bird houses with various sized entry holes. This will allow different species of bird to nest. If they are all one size, some of the more aggressive species will chase others out of the boxes.

Be sure and peruse this website thoroughly, as there are photos and sources for the purchase of a special bird house for just about every major type of species. Also, you'll want to position your bird houses away from predators. And by that, I mean all preditors -- not just the neighbor’s cat but dogs, rats, and any other 'wild' creatures that live in your area and would find wild-birds tasty morsels!

2. Provide food regularly. Unless you provide food regularly, when natural food is scarce, the birds will simply look elsewhere. There is all sorts of information available on the types of food and various feeding devices available to attract different species of bird -- some can be found inside my website.

Along wild bird food you can purchase, don’t forget about providing natural sources of food by leaving leaves and pieces of bark under bushes and trees, this provides a habitat for insects, which are of course, natural food for birds.

3. Water is a critical component as well for your wild-bird care. It can be in the form of a pond (natural or man-made), or one of the beautiful and unusual birdbaths you can purchase online.All creatures need a supply of drinking water. You will need to remove debris every few days to keep the water fresh and as clean as possible.

When the bird bath itself needs a good cleaning, just use a stiff brush with clear water and a little elbow grease. Do NOT use any soaps or household cleaners!

You can purchase bird houses, nest boxes, bird baths and birdfeeders either online or at retail stores. I like to get all my garden decor on the net as there are far more choices, and your yard will be beautiful and individual .... not like every other house on your block!

If you're handy, there are also design plans to make your own bird accessories. I've included a place on my website that specializes in just that alone!

Remember you can’t just throw some seed on the driveway or the grass and expect a flock of birds to arrive by lunchtime. It can take days or even weeks to attract some of the wild-birds you've been dreaming of.

If you are patient and provide the best environment for them, you will be richly rewarded and your garden will turn into a haven of fascinating activity!

Once you get the basics in place and train yourself to put out feed and clean water regularly, you will be ready to move on to selectively feeding to attract the species of birds you most admire.

Ideas and Instructions for the Three Basic Bird Care Needs

When the bird bath itself needs a good cleaning, just use a stiff brush with clear water and a little elbow grease. Do NOT use any soaps or household cleaners!

You can purchase bird houses, nest boxes, bird baths and birdfeeders either online or at retail stores. I like to get all my garden decor on the net as there are far more choices, and your yard will be beautiful and individual .... not like every other house on your block!

If you're handy, there are also design plans to make your own bird accessories. I've included a place on my website that specializes in just that alone!

Remember you can’t just throw some seed on the driveway or the grass and expect a flock of birds to arrive by lunchtime. It can take days or even weeks to attract some of the wild-birds you've been dreaming of.

If you are patient and provide the best environment for them, you will be richly rewarded and your garden will turn into a haven of fascinating activity!

Once you get the basics in place and train yourself to put out feed and clean water regularly, you will be ready to move on to selectively feeding to attract the species of birds you most admire.


Birdhouses


There are endless styles and types of birdhouses available today: decorative, a bird feeder house, rustic, wooden, gourd, and fancy and unique painted and decorated birdhouses limited only by the imagination. There are also some interesting specialty ones - hummingbird houses, purple martin birdhouses, bluebird houses, etc. Here are some great examples you may want for your own garden.

Many bird enthusiasts believe that decorative ones will detract birds. Here's proof that this is not always the case! And while this may sometimes be true with certain types of birds, I have a neighbor who has an adorable decorative bird hotel in her backyard, and there's never a vacancy! And why limit yourself? As long as you follow the rules for safety and comfort, you can have several of both kinds.

For more detailed information on how to select and care for your own birdhouse, here's a featured article I wrote for Ezine Articles.


Here are some cute birdhouses from my associate partner, Amazon. Just click on the ones you like for a closer look and pricing.




If you're creative and handy you can purchase bird house kits or birdhouse plans-blueprints for making your own birdhouse.

Here's a great site with low-cost blueprints for not only birdhouses, but virtually anything for your yard you can build yourself:

The COOL house plans company



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Bird Feeders


There are also lots of choices and varieties of bird feeders. Here are some samples:

  • hummingbird feeder
  • squirrel proof bird feeder
  • backyard bird feeder
  • wild bird feeder
  • homemade bird feeder
  • decorative bird feeder
  • bird house feeder
  • window bird feeder

    More fun stuff! Again, just click on the ones you're interested in for a closer look and pricing.


    Birdbaths


    I don't think you can have a beautiful landscape design without at least one birdbath. They add such charm to your garden -- especially when they're in use! And it's a very kind deed as well, to provide soothing cool water for our feathered friends to bathe and play in, and get a clean drink of water when they visit your house.

    As in bird feeders, there are lots of choices in both material and design. Here are some examples of both:

  • bronze
  • concrete
  • antique cast iron
  • copper
  • plaster
  • vertigris (greenish metal)
  • ceramic
  • mosaic/tile
  • table-top baths
  • baths with solar lamps
  • birdbaths with fountains
  • window-mounted birdbaths







    Attracting Hummingbirds
    to Your Garden


    Delightful Hummingbird Products

    Run your mouse over the top of the large picture to control the items, and just click on the ones you're interested in for a closer look and pricing.