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How to Attract Birds to Your Garden
Every year a group of workers safely rid our garden of insects’ pests. Actually, the workers are swallows–fabulous bug eaters and skillful fliers that come back every spring. This year they arrived about three weeks ago. Throughout the day and into early evening they are hard at work vigilantly catching bugs on the wing. In fact, one swallow can easily devour hundreds of pesky insects each day.
Create a Bird-Friendly Place
You can attract these and other backyard birds by providing basic creature comforts like food, water, shelter, and a cozy place to raise a family. A great place to start is by shopping for birdbaths and bird feeders at your local Kmart. Placing several bird baths at different heights will attract more bird species than one bath alone. Bird feeders come in many different styles and the more you have the more birds you’ll attract. If squirrels are a problem in your area, be sure to include a squirrel-proof feeder, which is basically a feeder inside a cage with openings that only allow access to small birds.
Add in plant food sources as well, such as seed-bearing annuals like calendula, cosmos, marigolds, sunflowers or zinnias. Feature asters, salvia, coneflowers, coreopsis and other seed-bearing perennials. Include hollyhocks, clematis, rosemary, honeysuckle, and other nectar-rich flowers and vines for hummingbirds.
Create Bird-Friendly Shelter
Trees and shrubs provide shelter, a rest area, protection from predators and nesting sites. Though many backyard birds will utilize nest boxes, so be sure to place a few around your yard at heights ranging from 8 to 12 feet above the ground.
Diversity is the goal when planning your bird garden for your feathered friends. Growing bird-friendly plants, trees and shrubs at various heights of the vertical space will make your yard an attractive haven for the birds in your area.
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