To create a haven that is save for the birds it is going to take more than nest boxes and bird feeders. Your haven, with a little effort, can turn your garden into a habitat that could be very attractive to wildlife. Involving your family in making this retreat will teach your children how to share our planet with these small creatures.
There are three basic components that are needed for attracting the birds and they are: shelter – this can include trees, shrubs, or nest boxes; food – the native plants for your area are preferred with a supplement of a bit of birdseed; and finally water – constantly moving water for them to drink and to bathe. The type of yard you have and your geographical location will determine the species of birds that will be attracted.
If the vegetation in your yard is very thick it will attract and provide the birds with nesting sites, shelter, and protection from predators. The dense deciduous trees and the coniferous trees have a tendency to attract many species of bird. Their cover does not always need to be live vegetation; it can also include dead branches which will provide them with perches. Trees can be the main feature in organic ingredient a garden that will attract wildlife; there are some seed-eating birds that prefer being closer to the ground and would rather have flowers, bushes, or shrubs for shelter.
The recommended food for a birds diet should be your native plants, and birdfeeders should only supplement their natural food. Many of the coniferous trees attract insects and this is food to several species of birds. Shrubs that bear berries and the trees that produce fruit will provide plenty of food for waxwings, mocking-birds, and robins.
The plants that you use should only be native to the specific area in which your garden sits. The deciduous trees that are native such as maples, some oaks, and dogwood provide better food for the wildlife than exotic organic food trees. Some birds will avoid the non-native exotic trees because they will not attract the native insects. Even though pesticides will have little effect on human beings they can be very harmful to wildlife.
Water is also a very important element for attracting the birds into your garden haven. If you have a pond on a large piece of property you just might attract ducks, herons, and geese in the later part of summer and into the fall. A small pond in a small garden with recirculating water may bring warblers, tanagers, and orioles besides the resident jays, thrashers, and towhees. If you have overhanging branches with some thick cover close-by these birds will return for years. Birdbaths that recirculate water are more appealing to birds. A birdbath can consist of a backyard fountain.