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In a world of an ever-shrinking environment for wild animals, why not make a microhabitat in your own yard? This book provides advice on how to turn your yard into a haven for wild birds all year long. With a little planning and consideration, your yard can be a source of water, food, and shelter for birds. By doing some small things, before you know it, you will find your self enjoying the beauty and antics of wilds birds. Once they find that your yard is safe and a steady of what they need, wild birds will flock and gather at your home and become welcome friends. The tips in this book will guide you on the path to creating a wild bird paradise in your own yard.
Birdbaths are not only
meant to create attractive focal points, but also attract a plethora of
woodland creatures like birds, butterflies, and insects that are beneficial to
This is undoubtedly the
easiest and efficient way to entice wildlife to your garden when compared to
building birdhouses or planting beautiful flowers.
Not convinced yet? Among
the benefits of adding a few birdbaths to your backyard garden and landscape.
Benefits Of Adding Birdbaths
1. Provide birds
with a source of water
Birds need water for
drinking and bathing, especially during the winter season when the natural
water supplies have been subjected to freezing points, and there’s limited
access to running water. You can help the birds with heated birdbaths, as this
type prevents water from freezing.
2.Attracts Other Wildlife
If you are an animal lover, then birdbaths will be your friend because birdbaths will attract other animals such as squirrels and frogs who may be in need of a drink during the summer heat or if you keep your birdbath free of ice in the winter even in the cooler months.
Over the past couple years I have made a couple bird friends, who when I’m cultivating my garden or I’m running with my shovel, will come running and wait nearby on another garden bed or on the fence to swoop in and scarf up any little grubs, bugs, or worms which I might uncover while cultivating my garden beds, which also helps to reduce pests in the garden with the added benefit of some entertainment while you’re working on it.
3. Improve aeration
and control pests
different types of birds that feed on various pests, such as slugs,
caterpillars, and grasshoppers — which threaten the fruits and vegetables in
your garden. This means fewer destructive insects and, of course, less
Besides the pest control
benefit, birds also play an essential role in boosting soil aeration,
alleviating compaction through digging the garden in search of worms. When soil
is properly aerated, roots will grow deeply for stronger, more vigorous lawn,
crops, and flowers.
You also get to attract
wasps, which feed on cabbage worms that destroy crops.
Birdbaths can attract butterflies and bees — insects known as excellent pollinators. If you grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers, you’ll want to have a few birdbaths placed in inviting locations in your garden.
5. ReduceD Bird Damage In Your Vegetable Garden
One thing that I have noticed, is that when I keep my birdbaths filled and clean, my vegetable garden suffers less bird damage. When they have plenty to drink in hot weather, for example, they don’t raid my ripening tomatoes nearly as much, if at all. Same goes for my fruit trees, however, with fruit trees there’s always some bird loss from birds if you don’t protect your trees. I don’t mind if the birds get a few, because I always have more colorful birds around my backyard and trees, even in winter.
6. Support kids learning
Nature is beautiful, but,
unfortunately, the connection kids have with nature isn’t really that strong as
past generations before most people lived in cities and technology took over.
By attracting different types of birds, you create an entertaining environment
that present kids with a new opportunity to learn valuable lessons. For
example, they can learn how to identify different types of birds, their habits,
as well as migratory routes
There you have it! With the benefits of birdbaths above, it’s fair to say having one or more in your backyard is worth it.
Sometimes birds have a hard time getting fresh
and clean water. A birdbath could come in handy in such instances. It could
also be great if you love watching birds. Water has been proven to attract more
bird species than feeders. However, getting a birdbath is the first step. You
need to place the birdbath properly to ensure it serves its purpose perfectly.
Here are some quick bird bath placement tips to consider.
How to place a
near a window or where you can see/watch birds easily
Although you may be getting a birdbath solely for providing birds with clean, fresh, water, you’ll definitely enjoy watching the birds. So, place the birdbath near your field of sight, preferably, somewhere you can see from indoors. This will, of course, depend on the design of your house as well as your tastes and preferences. For instance, if you have outdoor space in your home that you frequent when relaxing, consider placing your birdbath in front of such an area.
2. Place on a pedestal away from predators/danger
Birdbaths should be away
from areas where cats, among other predators, can hide and pounce on the birds.
Ideally, the birdbath should be out in the open and placed on a pedestal where
birds can see predators approaching. A pedestal is also a safe distance away
from the ground where children can’t reach, and you can see the birdbath
3. Have an
Since it’s impossible to
eliminate predators, among other things that can scare birds away, you should
think about an escape route. The birdbath should be placed where there is a
clear line of escape into the sky or nearby branches since wet birds have a shorter
4. Locate near a
clean and fresh source of water
Birdbaths should be near a garden hose. Since one of the reasons for having a birdbath is providing clean and fresh water to birds, a location that is far from your house or a water source isn’t ideal. It should be easy for you to change the water after a few days, even daily during hot weather. A nearby water source also makes cleaning easy.
5. Consider climate
Last, but not least, you
need to consider the climate in your area. If you live in northern regions
which are generally cold, choose a sunny spot so that the sun can keep the
water warm during chilly days. Such a location will also ensure the water
doesn’t freeze during winter. If you live in southern regions which are usually
hot, consider a spot with some shade to keep the water cool during hot days.
I know the song that the bluebird is singing, Out in the apple-tree where he is swinging; Brave little fellow, the skies may look dreary; Nothing cares he while his heart is so cheery.
Hark! how the music leaps out from his throat, Hark! was there ever so merry a note? Listen awhile and you’ll hear what he’s saying, Up in the apple-tree swinging and swaying.
“Dear little blossoms down under the snow, You must be weary of winter, I know; Hark, while I sing you a message of cheer; Summer is coming and spring-time is here!
“Little white snowdrop! I pray you arise; Bright yellow crocus! come, open your eyes; Sweet little violets, hid from the cold, Put on your mantles of purple and gold; Daffodils! daffodils! say, do you hear?— Summer is coming and spring-time is here!”
Cold win-ter has come, And the cru-el winds blow— The trees are all leaf-less and brown; These two pret-ty rob-ins, Oh, where shall they go To shel-ter their lit-tle brown heads from the snow? Just look at the flakes com-ing down.
But see, they have found a snug shel-ter at last, And hark, how they talk, while the storm whis-tles past:
Says Pol-ly to Dick-y, “You’re near-est the door, And you are the gen-tle-man, too: Just peep out and see When the storm will be o’er; Be-cause, if the wea-ther’s as bad as be-fore, I think we will stay, do not you?”
Today while cleaning out some shelves trying to get rid of things we haven’t used or seen in years I came across some birdhouses which my daughter had painted. So rather than disposing of them, I rounded up my little tubal liquid nail and found the post they would sit on comfortably and liquid nailed him in place. It was a really nice way to quickly add some color to our yard and put the birdhouses to use. My daughter had painted them some years ago and they have just been sitting around collecting dust. I cannot say whether the birds will actually use them or not but I figured it was better than just putting them in the trash.