Monday, February 23, 2009

DIY: Attract Migratory Birds to Your Garden

If you enjoy birdwatching, or even just enjoy watching wildlife in general, then there's nothing more satisfying that creating your own little bird sanctuary and watching periodic visitors drop by. All right - fly by.

To make the most of your backyard, start with a water source. Whether it's an ornamental pond or a classic bird bath, nothing will draw your feathered friends faster than a visible and inviting stretch of water.

Next, plant trees and shrubs that are native to your area or region. Remember - the birds that summer (or winter) in your area have adapted to living in, on and around native plants. Moreover, native flowers and shrubs will attract typical insects that migratory birds love to feast upon.

And speaking of ground cover, a brush pile or large shrubs will attract birds by giving them a secure place to nest in, or even just spend time in. Remember: most migratory birds nest in shrubs and spend time on tree branches, so birdhouses will not lure many traveling species.

Migratory birds are delightful summertime companions and bring excitement and a dash of color to even the smallest backyard or patio. These simple tips can help you create a small sanctuary for these lovely little creatures.

Bonus! Come back later in the week for a video with more tips and ideas to encourage birds to stop by.

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