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?”

How to Attract Birds to Your 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.

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Published: 3/5/2020