Bringing Birds to Your Backyard – Day One

A fellow blogger recently asked if I would write a post and share some ideas on how to attract backyard birds.  As I pondered her request, and brain-stormed a bit, five thoughts came to mind – some quite basic and others a little more creative. Instead of writing one long rambling post, I decided to share a tip a day for the next five days.  So, without further ado…

TIP ONE:  OFFER A VARIETY OF FOOD

I know that sounds like common sense, but if you offer a variety of food choices you will attract a variety of birds.  My backyard is basically a bird buffet, but there are four “must haves” that I put out every day:

1) Black oil sunflower seeds

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White-breasted Nuthatch

2) Peanuts (straight off the grocery store shelf)

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Carolina Wren

3) Bark Butter ( a suet type spread that is sold at Wild Birds Unlimited – the birds LOVE this stuff!)

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Male Eastern Bluebird feeding a fledgling

4) A quality seed mixture.  I use the National Audubon Society’s Supreme Blend, which I pick up at the local Walmart.

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Northern Cardinal – female

I promise…if you put these out, you will have happy birds!

 

 

 

 

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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5 Responses to Bringing Birds to Your Backyard – Day One

  1. Your photo of the Blue Birds is just super. It was taken at just the right time, love it!
    Great food tips.

    Alan

  2. Terry Hoyt says:

    Mom and Dad add dried meal worms, peanut butter nuggets and a fruit and nut blend of seeds but then this house is “for the birds”

  3. Sue says:

    Thanks for doing this! I love the way you presented each of the recommendations.

  4. Gladys says:

    Great photos! I especially like the bluebirds.

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