There are several things that will keep a bird happy and coming back or even taking residence in your yard, a Bird House, Bird Bath and Bird Feeder. Combine all three and your feathery friends will never leave because they have every thing they need right in your yard.
Birdhouses provide a home and sanctuary for the birds in your yard, they protect the birds from the elements of harsh weather and predators, such as the neighbors cat and local squirrels.
Some general guidelines for birdhouses
* Hole size 1/4″ larger than bird
* A hinged roof or side for cleaning
* Roof with an overhang to protect from rain and cats
* Birdhouses should be attached to a tree or post
* Place your birdhouse in a safe quiet location
Birds need water as much as any other animal and a bird bath is not only a bath for birds, it is a source of drinking water.
Make sure that when choosing a bird bath, you take into consideration where you will put the bird bath. The best area for a bird bath is where there is a lot of sun and an area that is hard for the neighborhood cats to get at.
What is the best type of birdbath? This depends on what you are looking for. Your birdbath can be the center of your garden. Just make sure the cats don’t have a place to hide. Birdbaths can range from an elaborate copper, solar heated birdbath to a simple bowl.
A few simple thing to keep in mind when purchasing or making a birdbath.
* Keep it shallow about 3 inches
* The bottom should be rough so the birds will not lose their footing
* Have a source of fresh water
Feed your birds and they will never leave. Squirrel proof bird feeders keep the squirrels from eating the food and harming the birds, they are made specifically to keep the squirrels out providing a safe and happy eating environment for the birds in your yard.
Some general guideline for feeders
* Covered to protect from rain, cats, raccoons, etc
* Place your feeder in a secluded area near shrubbery, but allow for an escape route from cats or other animals
* Perch space should be ample
* Feeders should be placed in the shade
Ann Cohen is a former caterer who loves the holidays, entertainingand the outdoors and loves to share her tips and tricks with you. Feel free to browse her how to’s.