5 Tips for Backyard Bird Watching

Bird watching, otherwise known as birding, is a simple and popular hobby among Americans today. One of the greatest things about bird watching is that you don’t even have to leave your home to get started! With a few simple additions, you can easily watch birds from the comfort of your backyard or even inside your home. Here are five tips to start attracting more birds to your yard and keep them there.

1. Tempt with Treats
The absolute best way to attract more birds to your yard is to give them something to snack on! To do that, we recommend filling a bird feeder with a blend of nuts and seeds. Sunflower, Safflower, Thistle, and Nyjer seeds are among the best types of seed to put in your feeder to attract an array of bird species. In addition to these seeds, peanuts are a great way to attract jays, crows, chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers, and many other species. However, when using peanuts, be wary of squirrels, raccoons, and other animals.

2. Keep it Clean
Cleaning your bird feeder is of the upmost importance to avoid mold and bacterial growth, which can harm and even kill birds. To keep birds healthy and coming back to your yard, we recommend cleaning your feeder at least once every two weeks. When cleaning your feeder, make sure to refill it with fresh seeds and nuts. In addition to this, clean up the ground around your feeder as well. Mold and bacteria can also grow on the seeds on the ground and attract unwanted pests.

3. Zoom In
Rather than trying to get close to see birds clearly, use binoculars to ensure they remain undisturbed. Try keeping a pair sitting in the windowsill nearest to your bird feeder or outside on your porch if you’ve positioned your feeder further away from your house.

4. Grow a Garden
Let your garden be a magnet for people and birds! People will love the bright colors and beauty of flowers, while birds will stay for the seeds and tasty insects to snack on. Including a small tree, shrub, or other structure will also give birds a place to perch.

5. Give Them a Drink
Birds will be much more inclined to stay when provided with a water source. A traditional birdbath is a great way to attract more birds to your yard. When choosing a birdbath for your yard, keep in mind that birds prefer shallow water for drinking and bathing. A couple inches of water should be sufficient for your birdbath. Be sure to clean your birdbath every other day to avoid mold and bacterial growth.

Lastly, remember Ritter Lumber for all of your bird watching needs. We have a variety of seeds, feeders, plants, and other supplies to help you create the perfect environment for attracting birds to your yard.

Ritter has you covered! Our knowledgeable associates are here to help answer your questions and help you find what you need.