I have a million birds in my yard. Well, not really a million but I have a lot. I put out bird feeders this summer and they have really attracted the birds. They are suet feeders and I just use whatever suet is “cheep”est. They all say that they attract a variety of songbirds and they do. I bought one that was specific to woodpeckers and woodpeckers came. My husband wasn’t too thrilled with that because our house is made of wood. I told him that as long as there are no bugs in our siding that the woodpeckers shouldn’t bother it.
I love going out in the mornings, or any time of day, and hearing the birds singing away. It’s a real stress reliever. My husband actually likes it too. He commented one morning about how many birds have been in our yard this summer. Even when we can’t see them we can still hear them. Between the birds and the frogs in the pond and the tree frogs our yard sounds like the outdoor sounds on a relaxing sounds CD.
I have been researching lately how to attract birds and butterflies to our yard and have found that our yard already has many of the things that they like. We have cedar trees which provide good protection from weather and predators and are, therefore, good for nesting. We have a water source, namely a small plastic pond, home to 3 goldfish and several frogs. We also have a good food supply, namely, a wild cherry tree for birds along with the suet feeders and several varieties of nectar producing flowers for butterflies and hummingbirds. It’s amazing that birds need the same things that humans need: food, water, and shelter.
I have attracted a lot of different kinds of birds, now I need a book to identify them all. Going out to enjoy my birds now.