• It’s All About the Birds! Birdfeeders, Birdbaths and Birdhouses In Our Garden

    Posted on September 1, 2013 by in Bird sanctuaries, baths, feeders and more, Things that inspire me in the garden

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    Baby wren http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Baby wren

    Attracting birds to your garden is as easy as 1, 2, 3 – it is all about food, water and shelter!

    Planning for a wide variety of fruiting shrubs and trees, perennial flowers , grasses and seed and nut producing plantings provides natural food sources for birds. Evergreens, shrubs, compost and brush piles are homes to insects that birds need in their diet. You can supplement these natural foods with birdseed mixtures, fruits and nuts. This can be done year round, but is most important in the winter when naturally occurring foods become scarce.

    Water draws birds to your garden, especially if it is moving or trickling. Fountains and birdbaths will attract our feathered friends and enhance the bird-watching opportunities in your garden. Regular cleaning of these receptacles is important for mosquito prevention and to reduce the spread of avian disease. Site your birdbaths and fountains near tall shrubs and trees where your garden visitors can wait their turn and preen after bathing. In winter, a small electric or solar birdbath heater keeps water available when natural sources may be frozen.

    Birdhouses are just one way of providing shelter for your wild birds. Fun to collect and attractive garden accents, birdhouses aren’t always the first choice of residence for wild birds. Brush piles, deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs are the preferred nesting spot for some birds. You will find that the birds will decide where they want to live, and it can change year to year. Cleaning out and disinfecting the birdhouses once a year keeps your nesting families healthy. I do this at the end of summer so the birdhouses are ready for birds who overwinter and early spring nesters.

    Attracting birds to your garden can be a wonderful year round hobby for young and old alike. Watching birds prepare a nest, hatch out young and seeing the fledglings flutter out on their own is another way to appreciate nature in your own backyard!

     

    For more information :

    National Audubon Society http://www.audubon.org/

    About.com Birding/Wild Birds http://birding.about.com/od/birdfeeders/a/What-Winter-Birds-Eat.htm

     

    FOOD ~ provide food sources for birds year round with plantings and supplemental seed , suet, fruits and bread

    Natural food for Birds http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Natural food for Birds

    Birdfeeders http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Birdfeeders

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    winter feeding

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    WATER ~ water sources attract birds to the garden, especially moving water in fountains.

    Birdbath in the Hostas http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Birdbath in the Hostas

    Stone Birdbath http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Stone Birdbath

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Birdbath Fountain & Beautyberry http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Birdbath Fountain & Beautyberry

    Step Stool Birdbath http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Step Stool Birdbath

    Stacked Stone Birdbaths http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Stacked Stone Birdbaths

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Shelter ~ provide birdhouses as well as shrubs and trees for nesting and overwintering birds.

    Birdcage Stand Birdhouse http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Birdcage Stand Birdhouse

    Bee Birdhouse! http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Bee Birdhouse!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Birdhouse http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    High Rent Birdhouse

    Terra Cotta Birdhouse http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Terra Cotta Birdhouse

     

     

     

    Birdhouse Ladders http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Birdhouse Ladders

    Ladder Birdhousehttp://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Birdhouse Ladder

     

     

     

     

    Birdhouses on a backfence http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Birdhouses on a backfence

     

    Well used birdhouse http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Well used birdhouse

    Fancy birdhouse http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/its-all-about-the-birds-birdfeeders-birdbaths-and-birdhouses-in-our-garden/

    Victorian Birdhouse

     

     

     

     

    Bird "Condos" mounted on tree stumps

    Bird “Condos” mounted on tree stumps

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Teapot Birdhouse

    Teapot Birdhouse

    Outhouse Birdhouse

    Outhouse Birdhouse

     

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