If you follow some basic guidelines, attracting a wide variety of wild birds to your own backyard can be very beneficial. There are four elements to offer in your backyard to ensure numerous and frequent visits from various wild birds:
Element #1: Food
To attract a variety of wild birds, you should consider placing a few bird feeders and food around your backyard. Also considering different types of feeding stations such as a platform feeder for the ground feeding birds, hanging feeders for perching birds and suet feeders for insect lovers birds.
Element #2: Shelter And Places To Raise Young
Wild birds feel more secure if they have a shelter to protect themselves from the elements and predators. A woodsy area is welcoming for them as a place to raise and protect their young. Consider offering nesting boxes and nesting materials in around Spring time for the specific species of birds you want to attract. Plant native trees and shrubs that provide and help cover to attract birds.
Element #3: Water
Water may provide one of the most important elements in the backyard bird habitat. The noisier the better. The sound of water is a magnetic element to most wild birds and will draw them from afar for a cool drink or bath. A mister, dripper, or circulating pump added to a bird bath or pool of fresh water can add just the right sound of splash to attract wild birds.
Element #4: Variety Of Foliage And Habitat
Wild birds live in wide different habitats. The more variety or diversity that you create in your backyard can attract more species of wild birds. Offer food, water and nest sites at all levels including:
- Small trees
- Large trees
Also consider plants that produce different berries, seeds, fruits, nuts, sap, and nectar for year-round food, as well as to provide nesting materials.