how to Attract Birds

Facts about birds and how to attract birds. Three tried and true ways to attract backyard birds.

Feeding wild birds in our backyard bird feeders is fun. But water for birds attracts more bird species. Provide bird houses or nesting sites and you will have more of God's beautiful gifts coming to your backyard.

#1  way of how to attract birds

Water is how to attract birdsScrub Jay At Bird Bath


All birds have to drink water.

Not all birds will eat from our bird feeders.

I see a greater variety of birds at our bird bath, than I see at our feeders.

Birds come to water, even if they don't eat from feeders.




Water is how to attract birds of more different species.

Provide perches near the water.

Cardinal bird near the bird bathCardinal Near The Bird Bath

The birds like to sit and think about it before they go for a drink or to take a bath.

I have also seen a variety of other backyard critters at our bird bath, everything from deer to armadillos, fox to wild turkeys, a snake and even a bobcat!

Yes, late on afternoon we saw a Bobcat standing in the bird bath.

Do not chlorinate bird or wildlife water!


Bluebirds don't go to our feeders, but they certainly use our bird bath.

As soon as their babies fledge, they all come to the bird bath, too.

I snapped a photo of one "Cleaning Up" and then did this painting.

Birds like shallow water for drinking and bathing.

Water, plus feeding wild birds is how to attract birds all year.

Water is how to attract birdsScrub Jay At Bird Bath

All birds have to drink water.

Not all birds will eat from our bird feeders.

Water is how to attract birds of more different species.

Birds come to water, even if they don't eat from feeders.



There are a greater variety of birds at our bird bath, than I see at our feeders.

I have also seen a variety of other backyard critters at our bird bath, everything from deer to armadillos, fox to wild turkeys, a snake and even a bobcat!

Cardinal bird near the bird bathCardinal Near The Bird Bath

Yes, late on afternoon we saw a Bobcat standing in the bird bath.

The birds like to sit and think about it before they go for a drink or to take a bath.

So provide perches near the water.

Water for birds and wildlife must not be chlorinated!

Using chlorine is not how to attract birds.

Bluebirds don't go to our feeders, but they certainly use our bird bath.

As soon as their babies fledge, they all come to the bird bath, too.

I snapped a photo of one "Cleaning Up" and then did this painting.

Birds like shallow water for drinking and bathing.

Water, plus feeding wild birds is how to attract birds all year.

#2  put out backyard bird feeders

Feeding Wild BirdsFeeding Wild Birds

Feeding the wild birds is another way of how to attract birds.

The birds don't care if the feeders are simple or fancy.

They are just looking for the food.

We normally fill our bird feeders with bird seed.

But here are other types of food for your backyard bird feeders.


Sunflower Seeds

Feeding Wild Birds Sunflower SeedsRed-bellied Woodpecker

Sunflower seeds are great for attracting birds.

Cardinals, Chickadees and Tufted Titmice and even Red-bellied Woodpeckers come for sunflower seeds.

Tufted Titmice and Chickadees take one seed, go to a perch and beat it open, eat it and then come for another seed.

I've seen Cardinals hanging over the side of Sunflower's head to pull out seeds.

Gold Finches eat the seeds of Coneflowers. So plant the birds some Daisy Flowers.


Black Thistle Seeds

Gold Finches eating Black Thistle SeedsGold Finches Eating

We have so many finches that come to Florida during the winter, we didn't have to wonder how to attract birds?

Instead we wondered how to feed all the birds? We put out black thistle seeds in another bird feeder.

There are special bird feeders for black thistle seed. They normally are plastic tubes with small openings for the birds to eat the seeds.

My brother made a black thistle seed feeder out of florescent light plastic cover with colored perches in it. It was eight feet long and there was plenty of seed for feeding the wild birds.

You can also use a thistle sock feeder like in the photo.


Suet

Hairy Woodpecker eating suetHairy Woodpecker

Want to know how to attract birds in the winter?

People who live up north give the birds extra fat in their food to keep them warm during the cold weather.

Be sure and protect suet for the birds, so the larger backyard critters don't eat it all gone.

This Hairy Woodpecker is getting his share.

Birds will eat Suet all year round. So its great for attracting the birds during the summer, also.


Berries

Waxwing came to eat berries.Waxwings Like Berries

Plants that make berries or produce an abundance of seeds are great for attracting birds.

Waxwings, Catbirds, and Mockingbirds are especially fond of berries, even Robins eat berries.

Raccoons like berries, also.




#2  put out backyard bird feeders

Feeding Wild BirdsFeeding Wild Birds

Feeding the wild birds is another way of how to attract birds.

The birds don't care if the feeders are simple or fancy. They are just looking for the food.

We normally fill our bird feeders with bird seed. But here are other types of food for your backyard bird feeders.

Sunflower Seeds


Feeding Wild Birds Sunflower SeedsRed-bellied Woodpecker

Sunflower seeds are great for attracting birds.

Cardinals, Chickadees and Tufted Titmice and even Red-bellied Woodpeckers come for sunflower seeds.

Tufted Titmice and Chickadees take one seed, go to a perch and beat it open, eat it and then come for another seed.

I've seen Cardinals hanging over the side of Sunflower's head to pull out seeds.

Gold Finches eat the seeds of Coneflowers. So plant some Daisy Flowers for the birds.


Black Thistle Seeds


Gold Finches eating Black Thistle SeedsGold Finches Eating

We have so many finches that come to Florida during the winter, we didn't have to wonder how to attract birds?

Instead we wondered how to feed all the birds? We put out black thistle seeds in another bird feeder.

There are special bird feeders for black thistle seed. They normally are plastic tubes with small openings for the birds to eat the seeds.

My brother made a black thistle seed feeder out of florescent light plastic cover with colored perches in it. It was eight feet long and there was plenty of seed for feeding the wild birds..

You can also use a thistle sock feeder like in the photo.


Suet


Hairy Woodpecker eating suetHairy Woodpecker

Want to know how to attract birds in the winter?

People who live up north give the birds extra fat in their food to keep them warm during the cold weather.

Be sure and protect suet for the birds, so the larger backyard critters don't eat it all gone.

This Hairy Woodpecker is getting his share.

Birds will eat Suet all year round.

So its great for attracting the birds during the summer, also.


Berries


Waxwing came to eat berries.Waxwings Like Berries

Plants that make berries or produce an abundance of seeds are great for attracting birds.

Waxwings, Catbirds, and Mockingbirds are especially fond of berries, even Robins eat berries.

Raccoons like berries, also.


#3  attract more birds

Blue bird on his birdhouseBluebird Nest-building

It's fun knowing how to attract birds.

Bird houses, nest boxes and nesting sites attract birds that nest in your area.

We love watching the bluebirds that come to our nest boxes every summer.

They raise two sets of babies each summer.

The first set of babies help the parents raise the second set of babies.

Late winter or in the spring before they start building a new nest. 

Be sure and clean out the bird houses to help keep down the parasites.

Bluebird and Wood Duck populations have both increased because people have provided nest boxes for them.

Plant a nice variety of trees, shrubs and plants to provide nesting sites for the birds.

Nesting Sites for backyard crittersEgret Nesting

They provide, cover, food and nesting areas for the wildlife in your backyard like this Egret.

Research what native trees and shrubs grow well in your area.

Your local agricultural extension service or local plant nurseries will have good ideas.

Give them a variety to choose from. Then the birds and wildlife will come to your yard.  

enjoy your backyard birds

How to attract birds to your yardMale Gold Finch

Work with these three ways to attract birds to your backyard.

Water is most important, then backyard bird feeders for feeding the wild birds and then nest boxes or nesting sites.

These three things will attract different types of birds and wildlife, so you get a nice variety of God's gifts coming to your backyard.

Try a night-light too and see what critters show up at night time.


Birds are wonderful gift from God
.



#3  attract more birds

Blue bird on his birdhouseBluebird Nest-building

It's fun knowing how to attract birds.

Bird houses, nest boxes and nesting sites attract birds that nest in your area.

We love watching the bluebirds that come to our nest boxes every summer.

They raise two sets of babies each summer.

The first set of babies help the parents raise the second set of babies.

Late winter or in the spring before they start building a new nest. 

Be sure and clean out the bird houses to help keep down the parasites.

Bluebird and Wood Duck populations have both increased because thoughtful people have provided nest boxes for them to nest and raise their young.

Plant a nice variety of trees, shrubs and plants to provide nesting sites for the birds.

Nesting Sites for backyard crittersEgret Nesting

They provide, cover, food and nesting areas for the wildlife in your backyard like this Egret.

Research what native trees and shrubs grow well in your area.

Your local agricultural extension service or local plant nurseries will have good ideas.

Give them a variety to choose from. Then the birds and wildlife will come to your yard.  

how to attract birds

How to attract birds to your yardMale Gold Finch

Work with these three ways to attract birds to your backyard.

Water is most important, then backyard bird feeders for feeding the wild birds and then nest boxes or nesting sites.

These three things will attract different types of birds and wildlife, so you get a nice variety of God's gifts coming to your backyard.

Try a night-light too and see what critters show up at night time.


Birds are wonderful gift from God
.








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