Whether you are a brand-new lover of wild birds or a seasoned
backyard birder here are some top tips that will help you learn how to
attract birds fast.
Sometimes we just get frustrated with our bird feeding hobby.
One of the exasperating circumstances I hear often from backyard bird watchers is that they have no birds.
Seasons bring changes so that can be an important factor to consider.
But setting up your outdoor space with these 3 elements will help your backyard bird feeding hobby a success.
Perching to scan the area is very important to wild birds.
It is often an overlooked feature that many backyard bird watchers miss.
Have you ever noticed that wild birds seldom just fly in to your feeders from a distance and start lunching right away?
The only ones I can think of that I have seen do this on a regular basis House Sparrows.
Most backyard birds will land within view of the feeding area somewhere on a fence, a bush or a tree and peruse the landscape first before hopping onto the feeder.
Of course, they are doing this to check for predators or competitors before they can relax and eat.
(Although using the word “relax”, is not a word often used to describe birds eating. ;-))
They are usually quite alert, searching the area with their eyes for any dangers or competition.
You have probably noticed too that many birds grab a bite or two and then fly back to the perching area where they feel less exposed.
This is why places to perch are very important.
If your bird feeding area does not have trees, bushes or other places for birds to sit, then consider adding some resting places for them.
You can help your feathered friends feel welcome to your bird feeding area by providing places to perch ten to fifteen feet from your feeders.
The best way to do this would be to plant trees and bushes.
But unless you can plant large trees or more mature growth bushes, this could take years to have the type of perching and cover birds need.
But there are faster methods that can be implemented while your trees and bushes grow.
This can be done by gathering a fallen branch or two and attaching
them to a fence, a post or even tied to the top of your bird feeder
It will serve as the lookout point for your birds to decide whether it is safe to visit your feeders.
And give the grab and go birds a place to devour what they grabbed.
After Christmas I always stick a discarded Christmas tree or two in the snow to provide better hiding places for the small birds, as we do not have evergreen trees close to our bird feeders, only deciduous trees which are bare in winter.
Evergreens provide added protection because of their hiding ability.
I have always said the fastest way to attract birds to your bird watching space is to provide the sound of water.
But if you do not have number one in place then this number 2 top tip will not be the magic formula that it can be, so make sure your birds have places to perch.
You can add the sound of water in a number of different ways using your bird bath.
• Install a dripper, mister or bubbler.
• Install a fountain.
• Install a jiggler.
Anything that creates the sound of water will work as a magnet as birds are attracted to water because, just as we do, they depend on it for survival.
You can setup your own dripper by up-cycling a plastic bottle by:
Voila your own homemade bird bath dripper!
You do not have to keep the dripper constantly working.
Once the birds have found your bird bath then they will remember it is there and will use it often if it is maintained well.
If you try this homemade dripper system, let me know how it works, I love mine!
The 3rd top tip for attracting birds fast is to bestow your feathered friends with a buffet from "bird soup" to nuts!
Not all the wild birds we want to enjoy up close like to eat the same things.
In the winter months offering the same menu if you live in the northern regions, minus the nectar and fresh fruit, will give you the opportunity to attract birds faster than with one type of cuisine.
Dried fruit can be mixed with suet during the cold months when the fruit and nectar eating birds have migrated.
To learn about the different types of bird food you can offer to attract particular birds and the best types of feeders to offer the food in, have a look here at wild bird feeders.