Spring Cleaning Is For The Birds

Is your backyard ready to greet the Spring birds? Our tips will help you attract bluebirds, hummingbirds, orioles, purple martins, wrens and other songbirds that may call your backyard home. We hope this information will help you bring nature to your yard!

Tip #1 – The first thing to do is inventory and clean your bird feeders. Sanitize bird feeders regularly using equal parts hot water and white vinegar. Never use chemicals! Using brushes designed especially for bird feeders will make cleaning easier. You can find quality bird feeder brushes in our store.

Tip #2 – Take a look at the type and the number of bird feeders you have. Now is a good time to add new feeders. Remember, you can increase the number of bird species you attract by offering a variety of seed and feeder choices. You might consider nectar, jelly or fruit feeders to attract hummingbirds, Orioles, Woodpeckers, Robins, Warblers or other fruit-eating birds. Maybe you would like to try your hand at mealworms for the beautiful Bluebirds.

Tip #3 – Decide where to put your feeding stations. Birds feel vulnerable when out in the open, so try to place your feeder near a bush or a tree. This will also provide them a place to rest in-between feedings. Try to put a new feeder near an old one until the birds become familiar with the new one. It can take a few weeks and sometimes months for birds to adjust to a new feeder. If you have had no activity at a feeder, try moving the feeder. Location can make a difference. Consider how high or low the feeder is from the ground and what kind of birds you are trying to attract. Hang several hummingbird feeders within a few feet from each other. Males are very territorial and won’t be able to defend them all. This will help you attract more hummers.

Tip #4 – Birds love the sound of running water. Adding a birdbath, dripper or mister can attract birds that might not normally visit your seed feeders. You will enjoy watching the birds as they splash around and play in the water. It is another essential thing birds need.

Tip #5 – How about a birdhouse? You may want to try adding a birdhouse for nesting. Not all birds use the same kind of house. You will need to do a little homework when choosing a birdhouse. The main differences is the dimensions of the opening to the birdhouse and how high to place the house in your yard.

Tip #6 – April Showers Bring May Flowers! Now that your bird feeders are up and the water is running, stand back and look at the landscape. Accent your bird feeders by planting flowers, vines, shrubs and trees. This will not only attract birds to your yard, but it will provide a reason for them to stay all year. Our article Bird Friendly Garden Plants will help you choose plants best for birds.

Tip #7 – Keep your bird feeders free from bird dropping which can spread bacteria and disease. Keep the ground area below feeders free of seeds and hulls. Damp debris can cause fungus. Keeping feeders and stations clean is a year-round task. It is essential for keeping birds healthy and in your backyard.

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