Of course, not everyone has their own personal avian choir singing in their backyards, but with the help of some well-placed feeders, that may all change.
Having bird feeders up and running is the first step to attracting feathered friends; birds will flock to a source of easy sustenance. Provide a suet feeder, peanut feeder, seed feeder, and an open tray feeder for the less nimble birds in your area. Create yard signage, but try to keep backyard noise to a minimum.
We humans are always on the lookout for more authentic and efficient ways to lure birds into our yards, and while a variety of bird feeders can help, there is no guarantee.
It may take more time for birds to find their way to the feeders you’ve put out for them, or perhaps your neighborhood just isn’t frequented by wild birds.
Then you should plant grass, trees, and bushes in your yard to make it more like a park, where the insects, bugs, and natural food found in nature may thrive.
In a backyard devoid of any vegetation or natural cover, birds will not bother to visit your feeders.
Birds can be enticed to a feeding station by the presence of feeders, although most will explore the area first before settling on one.
Birds will leave an area with people, pets, children playing, or vehicles going by, but they will stay in a position where they may perch safely out of sight.
In order to attract a wide variety of bird species, it’s best to set up many feeders.
Bird food can be kept secure in an open or covered platform feeder, whether you choose to offer seeds, nuts, suet, or even mealworms.
Permit me to elaborate on some methods for drawing birds to your feeder, starting with the need of stocking your feeder with the right kind of wild bird food for the most popular species in your area.
Offer wanted bird food
It turns out that, just like humans, wild birds have dietary preferences.
This means that you should only provide the types of bird food that your backyard birds are most likely to choose.
Typically, the birds that visit our backyards eat either seeds, nuts, mealworms, or all three. Putting out simply this food, or a mixture of this food and several types of suet, is the key to attracting birds to your feeder.
Therefore, I propose prioritizing bird seed by providing a general, all purpose wild bird seed mix.
As an added bonus, peanuts will attract a wide variety of birds, particularly those that prefer a diet rich in seeds.
Birds that eat the ground in our yards eat the aforementioned foods, but they may also choose insects, just as they would in the wild. You can feed them mealworms, either dried or live, on special occasions.
You must use either a peanut feeder, a seed feeder, or a mealworm feeder to keep all of these foods available to the birds.
Setup more than one feeder
Because of this, I feel compelled to urge you to purchase as many new bird feeders as you can afford and accommodate.
The bird feeding station would have room for up to four feeders and secure mounting hardware to keep them in place.
This doesn’t mean you should go crazy with the number and variety of feeders you put up, especially if you know you won’t get enough birds to eat the food before it goes bad.
Assuming more birds will visit your yard in the future, you should install as many bird feeders as the current population of birds requires.
Then you’ll know whether or not you can use more feeders, or whether or not some feeders should be taken out to save energy.
Experimenting with how much bird food is eaten out of your bird feeders daily, for no more than three days or so to avoid rot forming in the food, will help you avoid wasting wild bird feed.
Ideally, you’d have three bird feeders at the outset: one each for seeds, peanuts, and mealworms. However, suet in any form, such as fat balls, suet cakes, or suet smushed in pine cones or a log, must be kept in a fourth feeder.
Feeder in the elements
To attract birds, your present feeders must be visible to animals, so hang them where they can weather the elements.
That means you should position your bird feeders such that passing birds can see them from above so they know there’s food inside.
The yard’s center should be fine, but there’s a contradiction there as the feeders still need to be within 20 feet of some foliage.
Trees, bushes, or any other form of vegetation will suffice to satisfy the needs of the birds.
This can attract wild birds to your backyard, where they can survey their surroundings from a distance before deciding which of your bird feeders to visit.
If you want a lot of birds to come to your yard regularly, you should put feeders in trees or hang them from branches in a hedgerow.
The brackets for bird feeders need room to hang in the distance, so it’s best to start with a station or bracket that can be seen from all directions.
Maintain a quiet yard
Feeders full of the birds’ favorite food won’t do them much good if you can’t keep a low profile in the yard, even if you feed the birds yourself.
It’s unlikely that you’ll see any birds feeding near you because birds, especially hummingbirds, tend to be skittish and fly away once they detect any kind of movement, including your own.
In order to provide a peaceful environment for birds to feed, even the busiest of backyards or yards must stay calm even during the peak of activity.
It’s a good idea to put your bird feeders as far away from the house as possible, but it won’t help if you just push them over the fence into your loud neighbor’s yard.
If you don’t have any young children or teenagers who want to play outside, then backyard peace and quiet won’t be an issue.
The family can enjoy the backyard again when the bird population has declined by turning down the radio or TV during the early morning feeding hour.
To be sure, noise won’t make it impossible for birds to find food, but it can have a negative impact on their populations. At the very least, make sure the feeders are out of sight till further notice.
Reduce activity in or out
Even though birds can become used to noise, a backyard that is busy at all hours will drive away any wildlife that might otherwise visit.
Birds will not fly in when you and your family are enjoying outdoor activities like barbecuing, swimming, or playing yard games.
Blackbirds, jays, and magpies are a few gregarious birds that might hang around, but the more timid Robins, hummingbirds, chickadees, and others would likely avoid the yard until things calm down.
If you slow down in your yard, you can help the birds out.
However, it’s not simply outside noise or disturbance that might drive the birds away; the activities within the home, and thus on the porch, can do the same.
If the windows and doors are open, outside noise and activity can be heard and seen much more clearly.
The constant barking of a dog will also not deter birds from trying to eat from your feeders.
To attract birds, you need just provide the food they enjoy and a secure space where they feel safe to feed at your feeder.
A plastic tube seed feeder, a mesh peanut feeder, and an open, more accessible tray to contain mealworms are all good places to start if you want to attract birds to your feeder.
Suet, in its various forms, is loved by the vast majority of backyard birds, thus you should always think about using a metal cage suet feeder to hold it.
However, if you want to attract a large number of birds like blackbirds and jays, you’ll need a ground bird feeder because these birds either don’t like to or can’t use hanging feeders due to their natural behavior.
Then, you should have a ground feeder that doesn’t require hanging, as well as a seed, peanut, suet, and mealworm feeding tray. Although it is not always necessary, a platform feeder is a good option if there is enough room.
You should never rely on just one bird feeder; at least three or four should be put up.
To avoid having your feeder go unnoticed, place it in a visible area of your yard that is exposed to the elements.
It’s up to you and your family to attract birds to your feeder. Because of this, tranquility and a significant decrease in outdoor and inside activity are required to avoid scaring the birds away.