Friday, April 27, 2018

Tips for creating a backyard bird haven by Jennifer Davis

There is a new noise in the wind when we walk out to our cars or head out for our morning walks. It is the sounds of birds chirping in the trees welcoming in a new day. Spring is at our doorsteps and the bird songs we are now hearing is proof.  
So, the question becomes, what can we do to welcome them back; to make sure we can enjoy their songs, colors and fun playful nature? 

For some it may be by hanging a favorite bird feeder, or bird house; for others it may be making sure to plant that super sweet flower that some birds cannot resist or putting out a birdbath to watch from a near window. However you welcome these beautiful birds back to Maine, their display will not disappoint.  

Each variety of bird enjoys foods that are a little different. Did you know that blue jays love peanuts
and corn or that cardinals and orioles love oranges? Sunflower seeds are popular among many bird species including finches, nuthatches, chickadees, cardinals and jays. Sugar water or certain flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds.  

Birds such as woodpeckers, titmice, nuthatches, and chickadees also enjoy different varieties of suet. Safflower seeds are likely to attract cardinals, grosbeaks and mourning doves while thistle seed will make you a neighborhood favorite for finches. The best way to see the birds you enjoy is to put out a food they love.  

There are many different types of bird feeders, some for seed and some for suet. Some birds even prefer one type of feeder over others. For example, cardinals prefer tray feeders because they are flat while tube feeders work best for chickadees and nuthatches. Whatever feeder you choose, be sure to put it in an area that can be seen from a window and that is safe from potential predators.  

It is important to check your feeders regularly to ensure the feeder is clean and full. The birds that you attract will look forward to the food that you provide and count on it to be there.

Those who have a bird bath know how fun it is to watch a bird enjoying the water. To keep the birds coming, be sure to clean your bird bath regularly with fresh water. It is important to remember that stagnant water can lead to unwanted mosquitoes using your bird bath versus the desired birds. Wash the bird bath out with a disposable washcloth to remove any seeds or feces from the bath. “Use a solution of one-part vinegar to 9 parts water when cleaning your bird bath,” states the Audubon.  

Adding a fountain adds enjoyment for the birds and further prevents unwanted insects from using the bird bath. The birds that visit your bird bath will appreciate their clean bathing space and you will get to enjoy seeing them return.

However you decide to enjoy the birds that visit your yard, take the time to sit back and watch. 
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