Birds In Your Yard & Garden
Our feathered friends can really add something special to a garden or
yard. What could be prettier than a little bird splashing around in a
birdbath, surrounded by leafy green plants and bright flowers? Some of
them can help those beautiful flowers pollinate, they keep the bug
population to a minimum, and they are just fun to watch as they feed,
bathe, and interact with other birds. Check out these books and products
to help you enjoy your backyards feathered friends.
Certain plants attract certain species of birds;
'Attracting Birds to Your Backyard: 536 Ways to Turn Your Yard and Garden
into a Haven for Your Favorite Birds' can help you plant your garden
to attract the type of birds you want hanging out in your yard. For
beginning or seasoned gardeners, you can read about the top plants that
attract birds, a brief summary of over 50 common species of birds, and
other special feeding tips for the winter months.
'The Backyard Bird Feeder's Bible: The A-To-Z Guide to Feeders, Seed
Mixes, Projects, and Treats (Rodale Organic Gardening Book)' follows a
similar vein, it goes into more factual information about the different
kids of birds you’re likely to attract. This book also offers in depth
lists of the various plants, fruits, vegetable, flowers, berries, and
seeds that each bird favors. If you are more interested in the personal
touch, you can try one of the easy recipes, like blueberry bird granola or
mockingbird manna, to tempt your guests. The tips on observing your
backyard visitors are ideal for the novice birdwatcher, and also include
hints on how to capture them in photographs. Each species profiled in the
book gets its own full color photo to help make identification easy.
If you prefer video to just books, the two volume documentary,
'Attracting Birds Vol. 1' and
'Attracting Birds Vol. 2' offer a more visual explanation for adding
the appropriate plants and accessories to your garden. Also in the
multi-media family are comprehensive CD-ROMs full of images, facts, and
other helpful information about the many
'Birds of the World'.
For more than just scientific facts,
'100 Birds and How They Got Their Names' offers that information, plus
mythological and folkloric references, as well as the origin of the
scientific name, clarification on the original Latin terminology, and --
if known -- who selected the name and why or for whom the bird was named.
Though this book doesn’t get in-depth about the migratory habits or
feeding preferences of the 100 birds, it is a fun and interesting book to
keep along side all those “serious” bird books.
Once you’re attracting the kinds of birds you want, you may be interested
in some covert observing. The
'Bushnell Powerview 16x32 Folding Roof Prism Compact Binoculars' are
best if used for distances less than 20 yards, making them ideal for
simple backyard observing. And try to stay out of sight as much as
possible to avoid scaring them off.
If you’ve decided to observe birds out in the wild, away from the
smaller confines of your backyard, then you’ll need something more
powerful. Many optical companies make binoculars specifically for bird
'Tasco 7x42mm Rare Bird Binocular' are better suited for this kind of
Once you’ve moved from your backyard, a more comprehensive guide, like
'The Sibley Guide to Birds' is helpful. With over 800 species and 6600
illustrations, plus very in-depth information -- including geographic,
seasonal, and sex variations for each species listed -- this book is
definitely aimed at the more experienced bird watcher.
Once you have their attention, you’ll want to keep them in your yard for
as long as possible. Besides adding flowers and shrubs to your yard, try
some additional bird-friendly accessories. Since not all birds are nectar
eaters, try hanging a couple of seed feeders, like the
'Opus 7101 Top Flight Copper Tube Feeder', on well-protected trees
around your yard. It’s sometimes tough to keep the squirrels out, but it
can be done. Various designs make it difficult for the squirrels to gain
access to the seeds in the feeder. However, if the birds are messy – and
they usually are – seed will fall to the ground. This messiness not only
attracts the squirrels, but can add a lovely variety of weeds come Spring.
During the hot summer months, nothing attracts birds like a fresh, cool
'Schrodt Designs MBB-12P 12" Misty Bird Bath, Plum' adds an
unobtrusive, attractive addition to your yard. And because the fresh water
travels from the faucet to the bowl, the spread of bacteria is greatly
reduced. Its small, 12-inch bowl will only accommodate a few birds at a
time, but they will love the gentle misting spray.
To keep the birds in your yard year round, try installing a birdhouse
(or two). Certain styles attract certain species, so be sure you get a
house that the birds in your area will like. The
'Schrodt Designs NBS Nesting Box' is a simple house that typically
attracts chickadees, wrens, and nuthatches. It can be mounted on a wall or
hung freely, letting you adjust the house to suit your yard. The
'S & K PBH-12 12-Family Martin House' gives large “families” of
nesting purple martins privacy and shelter. It snaps together easily and
without need for any tools. This house is designed for use with the 'S & K
TTP-15-4 Quad-Tel Pole', and can be situated in your yard for easy
For a fun project, kids can easily construct their own birdhouse with
'Hd Wood Bird House Motel'. All the pieces are pre-cut and, though it
does require the use of some simple tools, they’re included in the kit.
Once the house is put together, it can be painted –though paint is not
included – in any manner the kids see fit. They can then find that perfect
spot in the yard and watch as a bird makes a happy home in their creation.
Hummingbirds are attracted to bright colored flowers that give them easy
access to nectar. Since different plants thrive in different regions,
'Creating a Hummingbird Garden: A Guide to Attracting and Identifying
Hummingbird Visitors' or
'Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Backyard : Watch Your
Garden Come Alive With Beauty on the Wing' for the appropriate species
for your garden. Once they bloom, your garden could become the next dining
hot spot for hummingbirds.
Just because they are small, doesn’t mean they aren’t fiercely
territorial. Humming birds will protect a known nectar source rather
aggressively, especially during the migratory season. Therefore, to keep
one bird from dominating your yard, hang several feeders, like the
'Parasol DDDRR Dew Drop Deluxe Ruby Red Hummingbird Feeder' and
'Schrodt Designs HBL-HPR Hummingbird Paradise Lantern Feeder, Red',
around your yard out of sight of each other. Hummingbirds like bright
colors in general, but they seem especially drawn to red. If you don’t
have (or can’t find) a red hummingbird feeder, try hanging a red ribbon on
or near it to attract them. Even if you have a red feeder, the waving
ribbon will only enhance the attraction.
To keep these small jewels in your yard even longer, put a water
mister, like the
'Rain Bird SK-HB-SWM Hummingbird and Sunflower Flower Garden Stake Mister',
near plants that have broad leaves. If the plants offer a shady, protected
refuge, the cool, misted leaves will soon become more popular than a
community swimming pool in July.
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