Birds 'N Gardens
So you're like me..... You love watching birds of all sorts find their way
to your back yard. Hopefully, they will become permanent, or at least seasonal
There are three requirements for success in attracting birds to your yard
and feeders. It should come as no surprise to you that these three necessary
ingredients for success are food, water, and shelter.
Gardener's have a distinct advantage in attracting birds. While everyone
can put out bird feeders, a gardener can grow natural food that will be the
first stop for birds every time. Attracting birds to your gardens is a
natural. With the right plants, your yard will soon be filled with birds.
There is a wide range of flowers and vegetables to choose from. We often
think of Sunflowers, but there is so much more. More on
garden plants that attracts birds.
True or False? Blue Jay Feathers are not Blue......
True. Blue Jay Feathers are actually Gray. It is actually an optical illusion
caused by light refraction. The proof....hold a Blue Jay Feather up to the
light and it will be gray.
There is no right or wrong way to feed the birds. Plant some flowers or
vegetables. Put out a feeder. Or, just spread some seed on a picnic table
or on your deck. As long as you are having fun and the birds come to visit,
you're doing it right!
Thought for the Day: The early bird might get the worm, but the second
mouse gets the cheese.
If you are like me, you get really excited when a new bird visits the feeder.
The natural tendency is to run for the identification book. But, by the time
you get back, the bird is gone. Instead, stay by the window. Study the bird
carefully, committing every detail possible to memory.
As soon as he (or she) leaves, immediately write down those details. Then,
go for the book....
Did you know? A woodpecker can peck up to 16 times per second.
Tip: Leaving a camera by the window where you most often watch birds,
will increase the likelihood of capturing the moment.
Bird Watching Trivia
People who watch, count, photograph, feed or otherwise care for birds
are called "birders".
Over 85 million Americans take part in the hobby of bird watching.
About 18 million Americans are serious Birders.
Serious Birders seek to see and identify different species of birds. They
keep records and pictures of each bird they have seen. They will travel around
the country, and the world, in their quest.
Neil Hayward of Cambridge, Ma holds the world record for bird identification.
He spotted his 750th bird on December 28, 2013.
Bird Control Methods:
You enjoy watching birds feed at your feeders. Bur, you don't want
enjoy them feeding on your fruits and vegetables. Gardeners, want to
see them only at the feeders.
See Bird Control Methods
Bird Netting and Frames
Feed the Birds Day - Celebrate your wild
State Birds - what is your state's bird?
Bird Feeding Reference Chart - See
what your favorite birds like to eat.
Holidays There's a special day to celebrate birds.