How to Attract Birds to Your Yard

Try these basic tips for backyard birding. Provide food, water and shelter, and you’re on your way to creating a frequent flyer lounge for backyard birds. You’ll attract more feathered friends and won’t be left wondering, “why aren’t birds coming to my yard?”

Bird Baths:

  • Place it about 15 feet away from spots predators could strike from.
  • Keep the water fresh and the basin clean.
  • Use an immersion heater in cold climates to keep ice from forming.

Bird Houses:

  • Choose the right size entry for the type of birds you want to attract.
  • Hang them about 5 feet off the ground. Some birds prefer to nest even higher.
  • Hang a mesh bag nearby. Fill it with nesting material like twigs, short string or bits of cotton.

Bird Feeders:

  • Hang feeders at different levels using shepherds’ hooks, poles, or hooks to hang them from trees. Some birds perch to feed, some forage on the ground.
  • Shelter feeders from the elements. But birds will shy away if you put them too near bushes or structures where a predator could be hiding.
  • Keep the seed fresh. Birds will avoid seed that’s gone rancid.
  • Keep them full. Birds quickly move on when food runs out.

If you’re still not seeing birds, look for more articles on this site with answers to these common questions:

  • where should I hang feeders and birdhouses?
  • what kind of bird seed do certain birds like?
  • what is the best kind of bird seed or feed to use?
  • how do I clean my bird feeders?