How to Create a Backyard Habitat for Birds

How to Create a Backyard Habitat for Birds
Create a habitat to attract birds in your back yard, and you will become a bird-watcher in no time. Once you fill your yard with the basics that birds need to successfully survive and thrive -- water, food, shelter and a safe haven for nesting -- your back yard will be filled with your feathered friends for years to come.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Native plants Native food producing plants Birdfeeders Birdbath Nesting boxes Hanging plants Flowers
  • Native plants
  • Native food producing plants
  • Birdfeeders
  • Birdbath
  • Nesting boxes
  • Hanging plants
  • Flowers
Step 1
Create a shelter for the birds by planting native trees and shrubs that thrive in your particular region and are used by birds in the wild. This will give them areas where they can feel safe from predators.
Step 2
Plant native plant species that produce berries, nuts or fruits the birds in your area naturally eat. This will attract a variety of birds on a regular basis as they become aware that you are growing a constant food source for them.
Step 3
Hang different style birdfeeders throughout your back yard, and fill them with birdseed. You can also make a main feeding station area where you will enjoy seeing all the species of birds eating together.
Step 4
Set up a bird bath or other water area in your yard, and keep it regularly filled with clean water. This is where the birds will bathe and drink.
Step 5
Set up nesting boxes throughout your back yard where birds accustomed to using them will create a nest. Hang them in trees or other sheltered areas where the birds will feel safe.
Step 6
Hang plants from the eaves of your roof to attract birds such as wrens, which regularly make nests inside of hanging plants. You will then get a bird's eye view of the nesting habits and rearing of the young hatchlings.
Step 7
Plant flowers and other types of plants that will attract insects such as butterflies and caterpillars that many birds like to eat. The more diverse the food supply, the more diverse the species of birds you will attract.

Tips & Warnings

 
Be sure to leave food out in the winter when the bird's food sources may not be that easy to find. Purchase a field guide describing the types of birds in your area so you will be able to identify who is visiting your yard.
 
Be sure to leave food out in the winter when the bird's food sources may not be that easy to find.
 
Purchase a field guide describing the types of birds in your area so you will be able to identify who is visiting your yard.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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