Many people do not realize how interesting and entertaining birds are to watch until they actually have an abundance in their yard. Then, they notice how every species has a different personality and unique habits. Many even return to the same place in a yard every single day. These are the ones you can’t help but name because you look forward to seeing them. Of course birds are more than entertaining. They bring an artistic touch to a space that no other manmade product can provide. Below are a few tips for creating a more bird-friendly environment.

1. Bird Feeders – You probably already guessed that bird feeders would be at the top of your list. If you feed them, they will come. Keep in mind that you have to consider the species you hope to see when purchasing bird feeders. If you are solely looking for small varieties, like finches and chickadees, then the narrow tube feeders with skinny perches are fine. However, it will be hard for a blue jay or dove to stand on the small rests and eat out of the tiny holes. If you hope to welcome some large species, consider a dish variety. A bird bath can also double as a feeder.


2. Bird Bath -Speaking of bird baths, they are also considered essentials for creating a bird-friendly environment. Make sure you change the water daily. In the winter birds still love to bathe. You can buy actual bird baths made to work in the winter, but you can also just purchase a de-icer that stops the water from freezing in the winter, and add it to a regular bath.


3. Nesting boxes – When purchasing nesting boxes it is important to make sure there are drainage holes at the bottom and nesting holes on top. Avoid nesting boxes with perches, especially if you have sparrows in the area, as they are known for resting on the perch and pecking at the birds inside.

  1. 4. Mow Less – You don’t have to let your lawn grow to the point where neighbors are complaining, but you should let it grow longer than you usually do. Longer grass, leaf litter, and brush piles are attractive because they provide nesting material and shelter, and there are generally an abundance of insects to eat.


5. Eliminate Insecticides – Since insects are a primary food source, getting rid of them all with an insecticide makes your yard less inviting to birds.

6. Leave Dead Flowers Alone – Do you rush to tidy up your flower garden and beds as soon as plants start to die? Leave them alone! Goldfinches and cardinals feast on the seeds while chickadees and nuthatches scour branches for spider and insect eggs.
7. Plant Native Species- Using native plants is one of the easiest ways to attract birds to your landscaping. Many native plants feed through fruit, buds, seeds, and catkins. Hollies, dogwoods, native apple species, and cedars provide food well into the winter.