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Attract Birds for Your Benefit and for Theirs

By mcash70
January 30, 2012

Make a bird habitat with shrubs for cover, a few nesting boxes, and a bird bath. The birds will reward you by eating many garden pests.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 29, 2012 6:09 PM CST
A very timely tip! With Spring just around the corner it's time to start thinking of planting ... so why not include a few shrubs and plants for the birds. I think water is probably the #1 attractant of our feathered friends so a birdbath or even a small saucer of water will welcome songbirds to the garden!
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 29, 2012 6:27 PM CST
Love the birdies! They do good jobs for us. Thumbs up
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 29, 2012 6:38 PM CST
Thanks Lin and Ann. I tip my hat to you. Big Grin
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Marilyn
Jan 29, 2012 6:55 PM CST
I've already been doing all that for years! Green Grin! Thumbs up

Great tip! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jan 29, 2012 7:31 PM CST
Water, bird feeders and plants that provide food also. I'm sure that some birds have survived these drought years because of those things.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 29, 2012 7:41 PM CST
Yep, they need shrubs/trees for nesting, roosting and hiding from predators, and although they do eat bugs they also need berry/fruit producing plants for food too. And, water for drinking and bathing.

Birds and Gardens just go together!
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Aguane
Jan 29, 2012 7:42 PM CST
I try my best to provide for the wild birdies. Too, if you're lucky, you may see a rarity in your yard. Over the last couple of weeks I've been visited by a pair of Dark Eyed Juncos visiting from Utah. Not normally found in Metro Phoenix from what I understand. They were bathing in the birdbath and hanging out in the Key Lime.
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 29, 2012 8:55 PM CST
That's wonderful Susie, I love the Juncos, they are regular visitors to my yard from spring through fall, although at times we have had them here all winter. In spring they have such a sweet song, I love listening to them. Lovey dubby
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quietyard
Jan 29, 2012 9:11 PM CST
Love the robin photo Margaret ! Thumbs up As you know I put in the Pyracantha last year for the Mockingbird ! Smiling
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 29, 2012 10:00 PM CST
Thank you Linda!! I tip my hat to you. Keep up the good work by adding lots more shrubs for the birdies!! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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kareoke
Jan 30, 2012 6:55 AM CST
I do this all the time, and in winter I feed them every day,and give clean water.
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Marilyn
Jan 30, 2012 3:12 PM CST
kareoke said:I do this all the time, and in winter I feed them every day,and give clean water.


I agree Thumbs up

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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 30, 2012 4:18 PM CST
We do have some shrubs...and if the sprinklers are on nearby, the birds will go to them to enjoy the water. Rain can get almost nonexistant in summer with the drought. During the heat of summer then, any containers of water for wildlife will be highly in demand, and even filling them twice a day isn't enough sometimes. Right now, there's a slow drizzle outside... Hurray!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jan 30, 2012 4:46 PM CST
Hurray! Linda that's great that your getting drizzle, Hurray! I bet the birds and animals appreciate it too!! Big Grin
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canadanna
Jan 30, 2012 9:10 PM CST
I have been using the tip about putting dog hair in netting. I am amazed how fast it disappears.
Hurray! for drizzle!!!

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