- With the arrival of Easter, so begins the nesting season for many wild birds. Scientific data has shown a vast decrease in available nesting sites, mostly due to the increased destruction of natural habitat. Competition from non-native species also contributes to the decline in possible nest sites.This year, instead of adopting cute baby chicks at Easter Time, consider a unique birdhouse. They are available in sooooo many themes! You may want to hide one for the Easter Egg Hunt for one lucky recipient to take home.With a serious shortage in nesting sites, a real home will make a difference for wild birds in your yard!Happy Easter! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
If you’re tired of filling your bird feeders a little too often, it might be time to check out a large capacity hopper bird feeder. These bird feeders are available in a multitude of designs, materials and colors! They tend to hold more seed than other styles and accommodate more species of wild birds for your viewing pleasure.
The feeder pictured above is a double hopper-with a huge seven-quart capacity. It is also available in recycled materials that are guaranteed to never crack, split or fade, and will last a lifetime. A good investment for your feathered friends!
Another way to greatly help out wild birds is through habitat. Aside from hanging wild bird feeders that offer seed and suet, try planting trees and flowers which provide sustenance for wild birds in your yard. There are many native plants, hardy in temperament, which can add value and lasting beauty to your home.
Cone flower is a popular choice for many wild bird species, and being a perennial is an extra added bonus. Sunflowers are adored by many wild birds, and the faces can be used for decorative purposes after the flower dies.
To attract hummingbirds for instance, check out this long list of beneficial flowers:
Trees and Shrubs
* Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
* Cape Honeysuckle
* Flame Acanthus
* Flowering Quince
* Red Buckeye
* Tree Tobacco
* Turk’s Cap
* Coral Honeysuckle
* Cypress Vine
* Morning Glory
* Scarlet Runner Bean
* Trumpet Creeper
Some may be annuals or perennials depending on climate.
* Bee Balm (Monarda)
* Cardinal Flower
* Coral Bells
* Four O’Clocks
* Hummingbird Mint (Agastache)
* Little Cigar
* Beard Tongue (and other penstemons)
* Various Salvia species
* Shrimp Plant
Water is an excellent attractor for any type of bird. No matter the species, or their individual food preferences, water is is must, a necessity for life. Water can be provided in many ways for birds and other wildlife. By creating a small pool or pond in your yard, you can offer this life-sustaining element for very little cost–and the impact is big!
A bird bath placed in a sheltered area is an optimal spot for songbirds, providing a dependable water source. Birds not only drink water, but must bathe to keep feathers clean and free of parasites, which keeps them in proper working condition.
Birdbaths are available in a multitude of styles and colors, ranging from hanging to pedestal, and deck-mounted models for a close up viwing experience. Be it glass, ceramics, copper, resin or a stone, a bird bath provides life-sustaining water, and will attract the most species of wild birds.
Birdhouses seem to come in every size, shape, and theme known to man. At a lovely garden wedding last spring, the reception was held outdoors and the theme was rustic-but so very elegant. Not too sure exactly how they pulled this off, managing to incorporate all the decor that was just beautiful.
A decorative birdhouse adorned each table as the centerpiece. They were rutic looking, but real houses meant for the outdoors. One person from each table got to take one home. What a great idea I thought, instead of throwing away the centerpiece, these could actually be used to house the birds!