Our Fine Feathered Friends

The  moment I know summer is coming is when I hear the birds tweeting in the middle of the night.

If you love birds singing and enjoy watching the flutter of foliage, you should set your yard up to be a bird-friendly environment.  How does one do this?  Here are some ways:

1. Set up a bird feeder. You can get one just for hummingbirds, as well as the traditional seed feeders for our feathered friends. Just be aware that usually squirrels also take advantage of these barrels o’ food.

2. Install a bird house.  Bird houses are super cute and birds enjoy them.  They are also a fun project for any children/crafty adults in your life – or (for the less crafty… i.e., me) they are fun to shop for at swap meets and thrift stores.  I found a crazy bird house with china siding and a door knob perch!  Some people go all out when they build these houses and there is a bird house to suite any taste.  So, I’m sure you can find a place to attract the most discerning birds.

3. Plant flowers like honey suckle, morning-glory, evening primrose, sage, Mexican sunflowers or zinnias to attract hummingbirds.  Another advantage to some of these flowers, is they can attract butterflies too!

4. Set up a bird friendly environment.  I have citrus trees, low bushes and tons of flowers.  The blue jays, sparrows, hummingbirds, etc love it.  Variety is the key here as some birds like low-lying bushes, while others enjoy tall trees.

5. Install a bird bath.  Birds love to take a dip in cool, clean and preferably fresh water.  Often, they will take a little bath if the location provided is about 3 feet off the ground, around 3 inches deep and has running water.  Also, you can add little spots for our smaller feathery friends to stand by adding small rocks and pebbles to the bottom of your bird bath.

6. Want something more complicated or visually pleasing than a plain ol’ bird bath?  Try adding a water feature which contains fresh, clean water.  Birds don’t want to get muck on their feathers.

In general, the basics needed to attract birds are: food, water, cover and a place to raise their families.  Local plants will attract local birds more effectively than imported plants, but as long as you provide some nice shady places, a variety of natural habitat and some clean water, you will attract birds.

Two additional advantages to attracting birds to your yard: they eat insects who would otherwise eat your plants and their droppings fertilize your soil naturally.  🙂

So, here’s to a beautiful yard featuring plenty of foliage.

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