Wildlife in the Garden Part 2: Attracting Birds

July 12, 2018
Categories: Garden

If you’re like us, your garden provides you immense joy.  Well, we aren’t alone. Wildlife love to dip their toes, hooves, and claws into garden beds. At first thought, we think of such visitors as predictable pests – like that neighbor who lingers a bit too long. However, backyard wildlife isn’t always bad.

 In fact, previously on our blog, we discussed the wonders of pollinators and other benefits to inviting wildlife to your garden. And since there are so many benefits to attracting wildlife, we are continuing the discussion to focus on our feathered friends.

First, it’s important to know how to be a proper host. When installing bird feeders, be sure to place it in a visible location for proper viewing. Secondly, feeders that are closer to windows (roughly 3 feet) will reduce fatal window collisions, as the bird will not be flying at top speed around the feeder. This is an important factor as window glass kills at least 100 million birds every year in the United States.  Lastly, locate your feeder close to trees and shrubs so that birds can take an easy exit and hide from predators.

 Don’t be dismayed if you don’t have any visitors at first. Since you can’t rely on Yelp ratings to promote your new backyard eatery spread seeds around as samples to entice and spread the word. For more tips on getting your feeder on the map, try these trusted methods

Benefits of Attracting Birds:

Installing bird feeders requires minimal work, and yields great rewards! In addition to being pollinators, below are our top favorite benefits: 

Free Weed Prevention:

  • Certain types of birds like finches, common blackbirds, and sparrows feast on weed seeds, making them effective and free weed control. 

Defensive Line:

  • In addition to weed prevention, birds can serve as a support in your fight against destructive insects. As a result, by installing bird feeders and increasing your bird population, you can maintain and decrease insects without the use of harmful chemicals. 

Child Education:

  • According to the National Wildlife Federation, the average American child spends more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen and as few as 30 minutes in outdoor play. Inviting new friends to the backyard can serve as an engaging and educational opportunity to divert children away from the screen.

Let the fun fly!