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?”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?