"How to" Guide To Feeding Wild Birds


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"How to" Guide To Feeding Wild Birds

  1. 1. ==== ====Be kind to wild birds, check out this website for all your needshttp://www.birdboxandfeederuk.com==== ====Bird Feeding Made EasyThere are over 20 million people in the US that feed wild birds; the following easy steps will helpyou become one of them. Start out gradually and simply, work your way up to creating that uniquebackyard environment that will attract many colorful wild birds.Selecting a feederFeeders come in some basic shapes however; there are many variations on styles and size. It is apersonal preference which ones you place in your yard. By placing Several different types offeeders throughout your yard, you will attract many different types of birds.Platform feeders can be placed on the ground to service ground feeding birds, hung from trees ormounted on a post. They are a great place for larger birds like doves, towhees, sparrows,grosbeaks and blue jays.Hopper feeders typically will hold a large amount of seed that will be protected from the weather.These types of feeders are generally very easy to fill and will accommodate virtually any type ofseed.Tube feeders tend to attract the smaller birds like chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches andhouse finches. These feeders can have either large or small Ports. Choose the size according tothe seed you want to offer. The small port is for smaller mixed seeds, Finch mixes or Nyjer. Thelarger ports work best with sunflower seeds, peanuts, cracked corn or wild bird mixes.Suet feeders are usually wire cages that hold suet cakes or nuggets and tend to attract bluebirds,chickadees, nuthatches, mockingbirds, thrushes, vireos, warblers and woodpeckers.Regardless of the type of feeder you select, regular care and cleaning will be required. A monthlycleaning with hot soapy water or one part bleach to nine parts water gets rid of bacteria, mold orfungus.Selecting the foodAs with selecting the right type of feeder, putting out the proper type of food will help you attractthe specific types of birds you want in your yard. Some birds are opportunists and will eat a varietyof foods; others are picky eaters.Black Oil Sunflower is among the most desired seeds for a wide array of birds, its high Fat content
  2. 2. provides much needed energy. Black Oil sunflower attracts chickadees, cardinals, nuthatches,goldfinches and juncos.Striped sunflower is a high oil content seed that is appealing to larger birds because of its size andhard shell. Striped sunflower attracts blue jays, woodpeckers, grosbeaks, titmice and cardinals.Nyjer is considered the perfect seed for attracting many varieties of finches and other smallsongbirds. This small seed is rich in oil and protein as well as high in nutrition so it attractsAmerican Goldfinches, purple finches, House finches and indigo buntings.Safflower is a high oil content seed that is very desirable to chickadees, thrashers nuthatches andgrosbeaks.Millet is generally the preferred food of birds that favor smaller seeds and it is an Excellent sourceof starch, vitamins and minerals. Typically, millet attracts Sparrows, juncos, towhees, mourningdoves and chickadees.Peanuts are a very good source of fat and protein and can be offered either whole or Shelled. Bluejays, titmice, woodpeckers, nuthatches and bluebirds enjoy Eating peanuts.Cracked corn is a good source of oil and starch and is an especially valuable food to feed duringthe winter. Cracked corn will attract bluebirds, mourning doves, juncos, indigo buntings andwoodpeckers.Wild bird mix, typically featuring millet and sunflower, has the proper variety of ingredients toattract many different types of birds. Cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, mourning doves andwhite crowned sparrows will be attracted to a wild bird mix.Sunflower hearts or pieces have a high oil content offers a highly nutritious food that Leaves noseed hulls under the feeder. Sunflower hearts attract finches, juncos, cardinals, chickadees,titmice and grosbeaks.Adding Landscaping.In addition to commercial feeders and food, a well landscaped yard will provide numerous diningopportunities for your birds as well.Deciduous and nut bearing treesBe sure to include deciduous trees, which loose their leaves seasonally, in your garden plans. Notonly are they a haven for bark-hiding edible insects, but also for nuts that are favored by manybirds.Butterfly, bee and moth plantingsPlanting a garden designed to attract butterflies and bees is an excellent way to add another foodsource for your birds. Butterflies, bees and moths are attracted to a wide variety of plants such asconeflowers, Black-eyed Susans and hollyhocks.
  3. 3. Fruit treesFruit trees of all sorts are a treat for many birds. Cherries and plums make Great summer feastsfor birds and other wildlife. Apple trees are particularly Attractive in the fall. Fruit trees in yourbackyard also add nesting cover for your birds.Berry BushesBerry bushes of many types provide good cover and tasty food for your backyard bird population.Raspberries, blackberries, mulberries and many others are great Food sources birds will flock to.Dead trees and brush piles are great places for small insects to live, these insects are a great foodsource for birds including Woodpeckers, Robins and nuthatches to name a few. Dead trees, rocksand brush piles also are great nesting locations and good cover for shy birds.Dust, grit and saltDust, grit and salt are a requirement for building healthy birds. A small bare spot with tiny stonesand loose soil can be an important area for your backyard birds. Dust is important for some birdshygiene as they use this to take a dust bath and grit is required by some birds for proper digestion.You can also offer a salt block for birds to help keep their diet in balance.Now that you have learned the basics of providing food, water and shelter for your wild birds, youshould try to make a long term plan so that you can build your backyard habitat slowly over theyears, this will greatly increase the variety of birds to your yard.Kristan Johnson is the author, and owner of [http://www.wildbirdbliss.com], a unique store for all ofyour wild bird product needs including Coles Brand Bird Seed. 50% off shipping on all wild birdseed orders 20 pounds and over.Hello, my name is Kristan Johnson, as the owner of Wild Bird Bliss I am blessed to have a smallranch in the mountains of Southern California. This natural environment has helped me to see thatthe simpler things in life are by far the most rewarding. We believe that bird feeding can be a veryrelaxing, fulfilling and gratifying hobby.The beauty of wild birds enriches our lives in many ways and there is no economic value that canbe placed on that enrichment. By feeding birds and giving them shelter and nesting sites todayhelps counteract the encroachment of development that contributes to the loss of wildlife habitats.We endeavor to bring you products that will encourage birds to come to your backyard, patio ordeck environment. Wild Bird Bliss also offers useful information to help you create that perfectplace for wild birds to enjoy! We look forward to supporting your bird feeding hobby.
  4. 4. Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kristan_Johnson==== ====Be kind to wild birds, check out this website for all your needshttp://www.birdboxandfeederuk.com==== ====