Putting in bird feeders will draw nearby or migrating birds to your yard. If you remember to keep the feeders full, the birds will become repeat visitors as learn that your yard provides a reliable source of food. Set up your feeders so that they are visible from inside. It can be very enjoyable to watch the birds come and go as you’re scrubbing a pot or pan at the kitchen sink.
To entice the birds to stick around your yard, consider installing nesting boxes. A nest box will give your favorite birds a safe place to build nests and rear their young. Make sure that your boxes are installed well before the breeding season begins but don’t be discouraged if birds don’t begin nesting in them immediately; sometimes it takes time for the birds to discover them. In Massachusetts, it is best to have the nest boxes up my mid to late march. For tips of choosing the right type of nest box, check out this website.
Finally, add a bird bath to your back yard. For birds, a bath is not just a matter of hygiene. Bathing allows birds to keep their feathers clean. Having dirty feathers can keep a bird from flying well and they won’t protect the body from wind, snow, heat and other elements. A natural birdbath is a puddle, so the best birdbath that you can provide your feathery friends is one that imitates a puddle. The bath should be round or oval with a flat bottom and sloping sides. It should be no deeper than three inches and the bottom surface allow the bird to get secure footing.
All of these items can be purchased from your local hardware store, or can be made at home with a little creativity. Once your yard is all set up, sit back and enjoy the view!