Providing food, nest boxes, nesting materials, water, and natural habitat can attract birds to our backyards, giving you the opportunity to view them while making their life easier. Getting started is easier than you think. Adding new food sources is one of most effective ways to attract new birds to your backyard. A basic seed mix is a good start for backyard birding, but more specialized foods and a variety of plants will attract a wider range of species.
Master Gardener, Jean Harrell must be doing something right because she has a variety of lovely birds visiting her home. Jean says she provides a water source in her yard for her feathered friends with the addition of a large bird bath. She also has a small saucer type bird bath for the hummingbirds to enjoy.
Providing habitats for the birds is also important. Jean has created tepee design and other designs made out of sticks and small brush so the birds have a natural safe place to hide. Jean also loves watching the many birdhouses she has on her property as the birds come and go. Then in the spring there are the babies coming out of nests, and they are so cute. And of course there are the nests in many trees surrounding the house. The morning doves nest in her cypress tree each year.
Jean also provides food -- the sunflower seeds that all the birds seem to enjoy and the natural nectar from the many lovely plants she has planted in her garden. The cardinal flowers bloom all summer until we get a hard freeze, and the hummers always enjoy them. The orioles and all the woodpeckers love to have a sweet drink from the hummingbird feeders. These are some of the regular visitors to Jean's yard.
Submitted by Jean Harrell
Edited by Joan Burr
Baxter County Master Gardener Program • University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture • © 2013 BCMG