How to Attract Wild Birds This Spring
The old saying still applies when trying to attract wild birds into your backyard this spring. The first of the migrating birds will start reaching their destinations as early as February which is long before winter weather has truly moved on and still before the first blooms of the season.
These first arrivers will be looking for a location that is suitable for the duration of their stay. With food still scarce from winter this is the perfect time to welcome your weary travelers with the promise of a comfortable habitat that provides the shelter and food they will need until winter comes again.
Many times simply meeting the basic needs of the birds after a migration is all that it takes to keep them in your yard all year. Giving them a quality food source like meal worms, suet or seed as well as a bird feeder to return to when they need to eat again will go a long way towards attracting year round wild birds to your yard.
Use several kinds of bird feeds and feeders to get a variety of birds and produce an array of birds for you to identify and enjoy all year. Using meal worms in combination with different types of seed can attract many types of birds to your back yard. Play around with different kinds of feeds to get the results you want.
Bird Watching — Spring Resources:
If you want to attract a specific kind of bird, read our article on wild bird feeding 101.
If you plan to set up hummingbird feeders do so a couple of weeks before spring and make sure the feeders are kept clear of debris and are filled when neccessary. If you want more information about attracting hummingbirds read more here.
Bird Houses and Proper Shelter for Spring
Wild birds will be seeking suitable shelter for the nesting season and depending on the variety of birds you would like to attract you can set up bird houses that are capable of housing many diffent types of birds.
The early arrivals will have a harsh couple of weeks if they are left without shelter. If a wild bird is left exposed during the cold days of February it could be fatal. This makes it important to have your bird houses placed in areas with limited exposure to winter elements and makes the birds feel safe in their surroundings.
You can choose to use many different kinds of bird houses and adding a variety is a good idea to insure wild birds have options to choose from. This could become their permanent residence and if the conditions are right they will choose this location to build their nests.
See our Bird House Buying Guide for more information on bird houses and the types of birds that choose them as their homes.
Once you have your habitat set up and you are waiting on the arrival of your back yard birds the only concerns you should have are in maintaining your feeders and keeping your water clean. If you have followed these basic steps and have planned well ahead of the spring season you rest assured that your yard will be alive with wild birds nesting for spring.
Attract More Birds This Spring with These Tips
- Be careful when using insecticide as your birds will still eat them
- Take measures to protect your wild birds from predators such as hawks and cats
- Avoid working in the yard early morning and late in the day to give them time to adjust
- Adding gaszing balls or garden decorations that attract birds
- Tilling up the garden and other flower beds will give wild birds easy access to their favorite foods
Identifying Spring Birds
Now that you have prepared for their arrival and you are drawing the attention of wild birds migrating to the area you should identify the birds that choose to take up residence. Once you have identified the types of birds you are attracting you may discover other ways that you can make their habitat a more disirabe place to build a nest and can improve to attract more birds.
Identifying the types of birds you see can be difficult and depend on where you live but there are however some really easy ways to identify birds that can help. Studying their behavior, listening to their songs, and seeing their coloring are all ways you can pin point your bird types.