All about Birds

Create A Bird Sanctuary With The Help Of A Solar Powered Fountain

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The life of wild birds can be pretty tough at times, especially in the winter. Food sources are scarce and the cold can be too much for some of the younger birds to cope with. If they should happen to find food left for them in a nearby garden or park they will usually return there regularly.

Leaving food in your garden will therefore entice a variety of birds into visiting you, which can really bring your garden to life. For a show complete with aerial aqua aerobics you might consider adding a solar fountain, as birds clearly really enjoy playing with water and will use it as a bird bath.

Solar fountains do not have to be connected up to your mains. This means that you can place them anywhere in your garden, so long as the area chosen receives an abundance of sunlight.

As they are powered directly from the sun, there are no ongoing electric charges to worry about and maintaining them made a great deal more straightforward.

Which Birds Are Drawn By Sunflowers To Feast On The Seeds?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The health of our gardens depends so much on the birds that we should do everything possible to attract them. This may be done with but little effort by planting certain flowers that attract them. Cosmos will bring droves of goldfinches and kinglets all through the summer From the time the first blossoms open the finches will watch for them to go to heed, and they will come every day to inspect the prospective crop.

Sunflowers, either the giant variety, or the dainty fluffy type, will draw a number of birds to feast on the seeds. The list includes nuthatches, titmice, finches, jays and woodpeckers, to name a few at random, and not a seed will be missed, we discover, if by chance we go out to gather a few for planting another year. But seeds are inexpensive, and so we do not begrudge them even the ones we had planned on gathering ourselves.

Stalks of lettuce if allowed to stand will go to seed, which is another inducement for the seed-eaters to watch carefully over the garden, incidentally picking up a myriad of insects from ground, plant, vine and tree.

Exclusive Birds You Can Spot In Your Garden

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Nothing is more amazing as watching a colorful pretty marvel of nature fluttering in your backyard garden. Birds are perhaps the species most generously colored by Mother Nature. The eye catching aura animated via beautiful flapping wings present a jaw dropping sight for even the very callous of all beings. Though bringing these birds in your backyard is not as simple as it may sounds, there many people people who specially decorate their gardens to attract these creatures. Their intention is not to catch them but to appreciate the beauty of nature before their own eyes. Such people are known as birdwatchers. Garden birds are not only attracted to the flora and fauna, garden dcor such as wind chimes, sprinklers and bird baths are also appealing to birds. However, there is a number of garden birds which will visit your gardens without too much efforts. Although, as the population of serious bird watchers is elevating in states and Europe, the appearance of beautiful guests in yard will dramatically go down if not properly prepared. You should also have some knowledge about the birds that come often in your town. Other than the knowledge about their food and habitats, there are also many general facts that are surprising to know. Here are some of the most common garden birds found around Europe and America.

How To Attract Birds To Your Yard For Your Joy Of Watching Them

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

For many homeowners, a favorite pastime is attracting birds to the garden for the joy of watching them. Bird watching is a fairly easy hobby and a proven reliever of stress. When you keep your yard with the goal of attracting birds you also end up with a beautiful place for yourself.

Turning your backyard into a bird sanctuary will be no easy feat. In order to be persuaded to visit a garden often or even build a permanent nest birds have to feel safe and have sufficient shelters. Birds also require a steady food source as they tend to eat around the clock.

Putting up, all around your yard, bird feeders of a wide variety should be considered. Different birds are attracted to different seeds and food. Some prefer food from hanging sources while others want to be able to stand while they eat. Birds will not enjoy eating from dirty sources so remember to clean the feeders frequently. Since birds eat a lot is is important to keep a feeder filling routine as well.

The Lifestyle Of Attracting Birds

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

All manner of men find birds diverting. Children, shut-ins and even very busy folks find their chirps, calls and hammerings sweet and their flashing ways instructive. Some while away dull hours watching birds. Others, besides getting entertainment, also add new facts to our knowledge by making notes on bird behavior and migration.

Winter time and the livin’s not easy. Attracting birds within whispering distance, then, is not difficult. Birds, which in summer were wary of the slightest motion, are then emboldened by scarcity. Moreover, they’re free of nesting duties to wander farther afield. Winter is when birds will visit your doorstep, perch on your windowsill and come to your fingertips for the food they crave.

Not climate but different preferences in food determine which birds will winter north. Insect eaters such as swallows, flycatchers and warblers migrate southward to points where a supply of active insects exists. Those remaining depend on insect and spider eggs, larvae and cocoons.

Birds seeking such food – hibernating insects, their eggs or young – find it on twigs, in crevices of bark or within the riddled wood of trees. Man-provided substitutes for natural food, such as beef suet, peanut butter, bacon drippings, all high in protein and fat content, should be placed where birds look for food.

Strategies To Bring Birds In The Garden

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

No-one can think of confining himself/herself in the home, without regard for how stunning the home is. The ideal home is the one which has a lovely garden attached to it. There is a general belief that a garden comprises of plants, flowers and all the greenery. Do you know that birds too form an integral part of a beautiful garden. Maybe not! A garden with the sweet chirp of birds adds on to the entire feel and beauty. If there aren’t enough birds in the garden, there are tons of things that may assist you achieve the same.

The smartest thing you can do with your garden to draw in more birds is to make it safer for them. Typically, birds don’t visit spaces which make them feel threatened. Therefore, you can try and make your garden secure by planting more trees and shrubs that will help the birds feel more at home. More trees will make them feel nearer to their natural environment.

Plants shrubs and trees that grow wild are a better option for your garden vs the more exotic varieties. This is as, the prior sort of flora will attract more birds given the fact that they are more natural and like the bird habitats. So, while exotic plants may make your garden look unique, they won’t attract birds to it.

The Interesting Life Of Birds

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

What kind of a bird has a big bill, black wings and is yellow all over?” asked a seventh grade girl at Hanover, New Hampshire, who fed birds on a small shelf not more than a foot and 6 inches wide at her second-story bedroom window. I not only expected four or live such email a day but I expected to be called out of bed early in the morning or have a meeting interrupted at least once a week to make recommendations to a lady confronted with a hawk outside her window ready to pounce on the chickadees at her feeder, or to identify a strange bird.

After identifying the bird at Jane’s window as an evening grosbeak, I suggested that we try to take some pictures of the birds and possibly band some so that she and some of her friends who were members of the Junior Nature Club could learn how it was done.

You’ve Done Your Homework Selecting A Birdhouse, Now What?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Your selected the type of bird you want to attract and have done your homework. You’ve selected a home with the right size floor space, the right size entry hole and the right height above the floor for the location of the hole. You’ve done as much as you can to protect the home from predators. This column now tells the beginning birder what to do to help attract birds to the backyard.

The first question is how many birdhouses should you set up and for what type of bird? Let’s take the Eastern Bluebird as an example. If you have a small yard or a backyard in an apartment you should only put up a single birdhouse. Bluebirds are notoriously defensive of their territory when mating and will try to drive off rivals. If you have several bluebird houses in a small area you’ll probably end up with only one of them occupied with a Bluebird. Bluebirds typically defend an area of two to five acres. An acre is a square of roughly 200 x 200 feet on a side so Bluebird houses any closer than 100 yards apart are probably too close to each other.

Give Special Attention And Good Food To Birds

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Birds are surprisingly selective in their eating habits, as you will quickly find. They seem to have a sixth sense for the most expensive kinds of food. Watch a blue jay carefully sorting through a tray of mixed grains. What is he after? Sunflower seeds, of course! And at a few cents per pound. None of this nickel-a-pound chick feed for him! This is rough on the pocketbook and should not be encouraged by lavish feeding of high priced seeds, but do not berate the jays too much. They are the watchmen of your garden. They will be the first to see a hunting cat or a circling hawk, and give noisy warning to your other friends.

And do not begrudge the pesky little English sparrows what they eat, either, for they will be the very first birds to find your feeding stations, and will lead other and more shy birds to them. These two, the jays and the English sparrows, are pests in many ways, but they repay you by rendering good services.

How To Create a Bird Habitat In Your Backyard Garden

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

If you wish to attract birds into your backyard garden, create an inviting bird habitat for them to visit.

Creating shelter in the form of shrubs and trees will definitely attract birds to your garden. Shrubs and trees that provide fruit, nuts or seeds are very desirable. You can create artificial slopes and build low walls that act as grade changes for birds. Walls can can be topped with low shrubs in which birds can nest. Thorny plants and blackberries also act as good shelter for your bird habitat.

In winter, broad leaf evergreens in your garden will keep birds warm and cozy. Evergreens also provide a safe, natural bird habitat, where birds can hide, nest and feel safe from predators.

Create an inviting nesting place for birds by simply putting together 3-4 cardboard boxes and stuffing them lightly with a pile of dry grass. By providing pockets within the dried grass you create crevasses wide enough to allow unhindered movement of the birds.

A regular water source is a must have for birds. If you cannot provide a large source of water in your garden, a bird bath works perfectly and makes a great focal point in your garden. Place the bird bath adjacent to areas of birds shelter to make it inviting.

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