Bringing Birds to Your Backyard – Day Four

We have reached day four in our series on how to attract birds to your backyard (or your frontyard for that matter.)  Once again, let’s review the first three days in case you are joining us in progress.

1) Offer a variety of food
2) Set up an assortment of feeders
3) Water water everywhere
and next….

TIP FOUR:  CREATE A BIRD FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

Now I’m not going to throw around words like habitat or ecosystem because in all honesty, I don’t have a scientific bone in my body.  What I am going to say is that if your goal is to have a carefully manicured lawn with neatly mowed rows of lush green grass then birding may not be the best hobby for you…and I’m only partly kidding.

My backyard is mostly wooded, which makes the birds “happy, happy, happy.”  It has leaf litter on the ground, which the Eastern Towhees love.  Not only do the leaves provide a great place to forage for food, they also offer nice camoflauge – just look at how well she blends in.

towhee

It has a brush pile that the Carolina Wrens like to nest in, and shrubbery where the Catbirds like to hide and sing.

catbird

It also has a couple of dead trees that I simply cannot bear to part with.  I know, only a backyard bird nerd would leave dead trees in their yard, but the woodpeckers love searching  for insects in the crevices.

red-bellied

Our front yard does have a nice green lawn (hey, we don’t want to get written up by the homeowners association!) but it also has flowers, bushes with berries, and small trees – all of which attract the birds.

This Tufted Titmouse likes to hang out in the Crepe Myrtle.  He’s a beautiful bird, but isn’t the bark lovely too?

titmouse

And this Song Sparrow has a nest in our holly tree.

songsparrow

And lest I leave you with the impression that I am a lawn loather (I promise, I really do like grass), it is fun to watch the birds hunt for worms in the frontyard, or to sun themselves like this bluebird did yesterday.

bluebird522

Another way to create a bird friendly environment is to offer nesting boxes.  Two of ours are currently occupied by families of bluebirds – how cool is that?

So, to sum things up:  If you want more bird visitors, landscape in bird friendly ways.

 

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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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2 Responses to Bringing Birds to Your Backyard – Day Four

  1. Sue says:

    I am really enjoying this series. This is so nicely illustrated with your excellent bird photos.

  2. kathydoremus says:

    Thanks! I really enjoyed writing them! 🙂

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