Do you love to get up before dawn to catch a glimpse of the deer eating the apples from your apple tree? Maybe you have birding binoculars, so you can sit outside on your patio and watch them playing in the trees. For some people, there is truly nothing more beautiful and exciting than watching wildlife on their own property. If this sounds like you then there are a few essentials you should have to make your outdoor space even more welcoming to a variety of species.

  • Birdbaths – You really can never have too many birdbaths. It does not matter if you have one or a dozen; they will certainly all get used. If you have not shopped for birdbaths lately prepare to be quite impressed by the selection. They are available in a wide variety of styles and price ranges, so there is one for every budget. Some have stakes that secure them in the ground while others simply sit on the ground. There are also solar birdbaths that are similar to fountains, but with a shallow basin, so they are not too deep for the birds.
  • Manger Feeder – A manger feeder is perfect for deer, wild turkeys, and birds. It will accommodate seed blends, wildlife mix feed, and shelled corn. Some will hold 25 pounds of food, so you don’t have to worry about filling it very often. This should keep the deer happy, so they don’t munch on your shrubs.
  • Squirrel Bungee Cord Feeder – There are a lot of squirrel feeders on the market, but none are as entertaining as the bungee cord feeder. It hangs from a branch, and when a squirrel jumps on a little bell rings. It bounces all around while they eat and is quite entertaining. Plus, it will keep the squirrel out of your birdfeeders!
  • Birdfeeders – Obviously, you are going to need birdfeeders, and there is no shortage of them on the market. Be sure not to place your birdbaths directly under the feeders or you will end up with ton of seed in the water. Consider the species of birds that you have in your area when purchasing feeders. Sure, you want a few generic ones for songbirds, but you might also want some specifically for hummingbirds. You may also want a few that suction right to your window for a real “bird’s eye view.”
  • Owl Nesting Box – If you suspect you have an owl on your property, or if you really want to invite one to live there to keep the population of rodents under control, then you need an owl nesting box. Kestrels will typically nest in these boxes, too.