Bird Friendly Backyards

Blackbird in TreeNo matter where you live, be it the ruralest of countries or the most crowded of cities, you doubtlessly have plenty of birds who live right next door to you, in your yards or rooftops or nearby parks. Today we’re going to be sharing with you eight of the best and simplest ways that you can care for and help these birds who bring joy to your lives each and every day.

1. Plant fruit trees in your yard. Many birds nest in fruit trees because they like to eat the fruit while nesting. These types of birds lay their eggs unusually late in the summer, when most fruits will be ripening.

 

Gila Woodpecker in Tree2. Don’t use harmful pesticides or herbicides on your lawns. Many chemicals used in those products are harmful to birds and can get into rivers or lakes near your house. This is important not only to save countless birds’ lives, but also any wildlife in your areas. And those chemicals aren’t very good for humans, either.
3. Create a nestbox for your birds to nest in. Different birds need different sizes of nestbox to feel comfortable so either research which birds live in your area or create both a small and large nestbox for new bird families to live in.
4. Put out a bird feeder or lay out some seeds and nuts for your birds. Especially in winter in some areas, birds don’t have the variety or quantity of food they need, and buying birdseed specifically for outdoor birds will keep them happy. It will make you happy, too, because you’ll get to see them in your yard all day long.

 

5. Close your blinds or turn your lights out at night. Birds don’t see that the window glass is between them and your home and millions of birds die every year from flying into it. By keeping your windows dark at night, you’ll be keeping your local birds safe.
Small Birds in Birdbath6. Set up a birdbath in your yard. Birds need to wash themselves in water to stay clean. By setting up a shallow birdbath or just a tub of water, you can help birds wash themselves. Just don’t make the water too deep, they just need to stand in it.
7. When building a garden, consider decorating with native plants rather than exotic ones. The birds who live in your area have adapted to either eat the native plants or the insects who live on them. Filling your garden with lots of foreign plants makes for slim pickings for your neighborhood birds.
8. If you live in a hot place, though (like Arizona), introducing lots of shade into your yard, even if it’s non-native, will be good news for some birds. Blackbirds and sparrows are not native to hot climates and yet still live in places where the temperatures reach well over 110 degrees in the summer. Shade and water are essential to those birds’ well-being.

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Hope you enjoyed and thank you for taking the time to read. Please let me know what you think about this piece in the comments down below. Also let me know what kinds of birds you see around your home, and if you do or have done any of the things on our list. We publish a new blog every Tuesday and Friday so, until next time, goodbye!

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