How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

Bluebird

Male Bluebird perched on plant stand.
Male Bluebird perched on plant stand. | Source

Attracting Birds

Most of us love to watch out little feather friends. Watching the birds that come to my house seems to help start my day off with a cheerful attitude. Bird photography is one of my favorite hobbies and is becoming more and more popular. Most of us enjoy watching birds and if you would like to attract more birds to you backyard here are a few helpful ideas. Birds are looking for 3 things, food, water and shelter. By providing these 3 things in a variety, you will attract a larger variety of birds to your backyard.

Cardinal

Male Cardinal
Male Cardinal | Source

Bird Food

Depending on the type of birds you want to attract as to what type of food you want to put out for them. If you want to attract a wider variety of birds, put out a wider variety of foods for them.

  • Black Oil Sunflower seeds are usually the best for attracting song birds to your yard. Birds such as cardinals, chickadees, finches and many other songbirds love sunflower seeds.

Mockingbird

Mockingbirds are fun to watch.
Mockingbirds are fun to watch. | Source
  • Suet is great for woodpeckers, nuthatches, jays, mockingbirds, grosbeaks, buntings and more.
  • Meal worms are becoming more and more popular amoung bird lovers. Meal worms are an excellent source of nutrition for your birds. More and more people are discovering what a large variety of birds love meal worms.

Tufted Titmouse

These little guys love peanut butter!
These little guys love peanut butter! | Source


  • Nuts - Blue Jays, titmice and nuthatches love peanuts. Add a separate feeder with some peanuts, shelled or unshelled, but not salted, to your yard. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich placed on a saucer type feeder seems to be a huge hit with many birds!
  • Fruit - Many birds love to eat fruit. Berries, raisins or small pieces of apples are great to attract orioles, robins and waxings.

Hummingbird

Hummingbird in flight.
Hummingbird in flight. | Source
  • Nectar - Bring hummingbirds to your yard with a hummingbird feeder. You don’t need to buy the pre-mixed nectar, make your own. Sugar water is all you need, it doesn’t even have to be red. Before you know it, you will have hummingbirds fighting over a place on your feeder.


  • Bread and Pasta - Most birds love to eat bread. Use some of your old bread instead of throwing it away. Place a platform or saucer bird feeder with bread crumbs in it or some left over cooked pasta and watch the birds flock to it. I would recommend plain pasta, without any type of seasonings. The bread and pasta will attract a large variety of birds.

Bird Feeders

Try different types of birdfeeders. The tube style feeders are great for bird seed and will attract a variety of smaller birds. Think about adding a larger platform or saucer type bird feeder for nuts, fruit and bread types of food. The larger birds will have an easier time feeding on a larger bird feeder. The birds are going to want some type of shelter or cover nearby so place your feeder near trees or bushes.

Water

Not all birds are attracted to bird feeders. The insect eating birds, such as bluebirds are more than likely not going to eat from your feeders, but they do need water. A bird bath is an excellent way to attract birds to your yard. Keep fresh water in your bird bath. Wouldn’t you prefer fresh water to old, stagnant water? If you want to keep birds coming to your yard in the winter, be sure to not let your water in your bird bath stay frozen. Pour some hot water over the ice or some bird baths now come with small heaters in them. The sound of moving water is like a magnet to birds. A re-cirulating water source will not only attract birds to your yard but may also keep the water from freezing in winter. You may also find that your bird bath is becoming over crowded with birds. Place another bird bath in a different location and you will attract more birds.

Shrubs

Waxwing eating berries.
Waxwing eating berries. | Source

Shelter

All birds need to feel safe from the elements as well as predators and will look for shelter. Keeping your bird feeders and bird baths close to trees or shrubbery will help bring even the shiest birds into your yard. Choose trees or shrubs that have nuts or berries. This will not only give them shelter, but will be an additional source of food for them. Adding evergreen trees or shrubs will give shelter to birds in the winter. Add some bird houses to your landscape. Many birds such as blue birds and finches will use bird houses. Check the size of the entrance hole to be sure it is large enough for the type of birds you want to attract to it. Use several different types and sizes to attract a different variety of birds. Remember, the birds need to feel safe and secure and out of bad weather, so you want to have the bird house in a sheltered location. Don’t put it out in the middle of nowhere and expect to have any tenants.

Have Nesting Material Handy

House sparrow gathering nesting material.
House sparrow gathering nesting material.

Nesting Materials

Keep good nesting material handy for your birds. Lay out a little dryer lint or some cotton balls. Pet hair is actually another great nesting material. When you clean out your dog’s brush, lay the hair outside where the birds can find it. Making it easy for the birds to find nesting materials will bring more birds to your yard. It’s also a good idea to clean out your nesting boxes or bird houses in later winter. Remove any mold or accumulation of seed hulls. This will not only make the bird house more appealing but also make it healthier for our feathered friends.

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sgbrown 12 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you so much for your kind comments! I try to introduce my grandchildren to nature every chance I get. I want them to grow up appreciating nature of all kinds. Yes, I did have to take quite a few pictures to get one good one! :)


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK

Very useful advice Sheila which should be read by all (and as I'm writing this comment in November, timely, as birds now need food and shelter as winter draws on).

I think families with small children should pay particular heed as attracting birds in winter, and in spring with nesting boxes, is a great way to introduce children to a much more worthwhile interest than some others they may develop!

Excellent photos too, which I see are your own. I know how difficult it can be to get good photos of birds, so I admire the composition of the cardinal photo, and the clarity of the hovering hummingbird - I'm guessing you may have taken a few to get one as sharp as this?!


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sgbrown 13 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you, Marlo! I appreciate you stopping by and your kind comment! Have a wonderful day! :)


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MarloByDesign 13 months ago from United States

Very beautiful photography!


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sgbrown 21 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

I'm sorry you no longer have a cat, that sounds like it could be a sad story. Do bring the birds closer, I think you will really enjoy watching and listening to them!


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RTalloni 21 months ago from the short journey

Thanks for sharing your delightful photos with us! We no longer have our cat so it may be time to bring the birds closer. Thanks for these tips on attracting them to our backyard.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

Bird watching is a great way to pass the time for Mom and I. We both love the birds in the yard. We are happy to see the Ruffed Grouse returning again this fall, they are like having wild chickens walking around and roasting in the trees. Wonderful hud and photos, Sheila.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I returned to this informative and fun Hub about attracting birds. Now that we're in our new apartment, I'm thinking a platform feeder might be just the thing. Thank you for all the photos and facts!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Kathleen! I love my birds too. I have one of my bird feeders and one of my bird baths positioned outside my windows so we can watch them all day. Thank you for your kind comment and share! Have a beautiful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello pinto2011! I love watching and photographing the birds that visit my house. I'm glad you liked my hub. Thank you for your visit and kind comment. Have a great day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi moonlake! I put up a second bluebird house last year and we have had baby bluebirds in both this year. I am disappointed that I didn't take any pictures of them this year. Thank you for stopping by and sharing! I always appreciate your support! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Love my birds - from hummingbirds to cardinals to little black, white and red woodpeckers. Thanks for the info to keep them coming. Sharing


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi sgbrown! This is really gem of an idea.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Had to come back and check out your beautiful hub again. We have baby bluebirds right now. We put up two new bird houses this year. Shared


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Eileen! I never realized that birds actually have personalities until I owned 2 cockatiels. They were just awesome and so smart! I have always loved watching the birds and appreciate them even more after having the cockatiels as pets. I am sure Australia has many beautiful birds, I would love to visit there someday. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)


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Eileen Hughes 3 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Beautiful hub, I love birds and bred them for about thirty years and now that we are traveling I have to be content to taking photos of the ones in nature and there are so many beautiful birds in australia so still enjoy them.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Sunshine! I am watching a squirrel eyeing my bird feeder right now! They are so cute and fun to watch, but yes they can be annoying when they eat most of your bird food. I did a hub on "How to Squirrel Proof your Birdfeeder" that you might find funny as well as helpful. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Those pesky little squirrels still get the bird seed first. They could be quite annoying, yet entertaining.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Au fait! Thank you for your kind words. I always try to keep fresh water in my bird baths for my little feathered friends, especially in the hot summer. I'm glad to see another person caring for the birds in the hot summer temperature. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for stopping by and all your support! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

What beautiful photos you have! And great advice and information. This is the time of year to start thinking about getting the birds to come by and visit.

I have always heard that the sound of water will attract birds and I know from experience that here in Texas where it gets hotter than Hell (the place not just the expression) that birds do love having fresh water available for bathing, but especially for drinking. When I was where I could feed the birds I used to change out their water 3 or more times a day when we were in the 90s and 100s temperature wise.

Very enjoyable and informative article. Voted up, useful, and awesome!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Sneha! I love to watch the birds in the mornings while I have my coffee and check on HubPages. I have a bird feeder right outside my window. I have been trying different things to attract a wider of variety of birds and am enjoying seeing the different birds up close. Thank you for your kind comment, votes, pin and share! It is always appreciated! Enjoy your birds! :)


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Sneha Sunny 3 years ago from India

I loved the pictures. Simply magnificent! Pinned all of them! I love birds and I really love to listen their chirping! But I never tried to attract them. I have some regular house sparrow visitors in my balcony and I really like to watch them! I will give these methods a try to attract more birds!

Rated, pinned and shared! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Eileen! What kind of birds did you raise? Being able to travel and see all the different types of birds must be wonderful! I'm sure you miss your birds. I had raised 2 cockatiels years ago, I miss them too. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have wonderful day! :)


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Eileen Hughes 3 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Great hub on birds in your backyard. We used to breed birds for about 30 years we shifted a few times and took them with us. Then we deciced to travel so had to sell them. That was awful. But now have to be content to watch in my new backyard when home or observe them and takes thousands of photos while on the road in their natural environment.

I still miss mine though. Thanks for sharing you can't beat having birds in your own yard.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello DDE! I love to attract birds to my yard. I have very large windows in my house so I can sit and watch them most anytime. I'm glad you found my hub useful and I hope you can attract many birds to your yard. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Most useful and such incredible ideas in attracting birds, I find this hub to be helpful to many readers. I too would like to use these ideas for my yard.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello wabash annie! I am so sorry about all the fires that your area has had. Sometimes, nature just cleans house. I am glad you are seeing birds that are new to your area. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and thank you for your kind words and stopping by to comment. Have a wonderful day! :)


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wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

Your pictures were beautiful and the suggestions helpful. Because of the various wildfires here, we are getting birds we've never had before. Thanks for sharing your ideas and experience!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi vespa! I bet Golden,CO. has some beautiful bird varieties. I know very little about Peru, but surely you have some beautiful birds species there as well. Try some bird feeders and see what you get! I would love to know! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always greatly appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

What a beautiful bluebird photo! This reminds me of my great grandmother who owned a home in Golden, CO. We made a yearly pilgrimage to visit her and I remember staring in awe at the variety of birds and animals she attracted with sunflower seeds and many bird feeders. What great ideas. Thanks!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Thelma! I would love to see your mini "forest" garden! I'm sure it is beautiful. I like a more natural look to my gardens too, no too "manicured". I'm glad to hear that you like watching the birds too. Thank you for your wonderful comment, vote and share! It is always greatly appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Beautiful! I love bird watching, too. Sometimes there are more than a dozen birds in my mini " forest" garden. It´s how my father called it because everything is not in order. I like english garden, that´s why. Thanks for the ideas of attracting the birds to come to my garden. Voted up and shared;-)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Jeannie! Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you are able to watch the birds out your window. I appreciate you stopping by and your lovely comment. Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello bridalletter! Thank you for your kind words. I love to watch the birds and take pictures of them. I am trying to get more variety to my bird feeders by offering different types of food. I am anxious to see what comes to visit. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Ishwaryaa! I used to work on the third floor of a building dowtown a few years ago and would have pigeons visit my windowsill. I loved to watch them, they are really quite beautiful and sometimes very comical. Unfortunately, I couldn't open the window to feed them. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your share, votes and pin very much! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

What beautiful photos you've taken! I just love watching birds even if I don't have a backyard... I live in an apartment! I can still see plenty out my windows. Thank you for sharing such lovely photos and your advice. Voted up!


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bridalletter 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

I love the images. You take lovely pictures of the birds. I will read your other related hubs. I love bird watching in my backyard and in parks. Child like to venture out beyond Missouri and see more variety.


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A wonderful & cute hub with beautiful photos & helpful ideas! Here in my country, the variety of birds in the open is not much - the most common birds are the crows, sparrows, pigeons and doves. I recall that in my grandmother's house, she often fed these birds some rice. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello catgypsy! I have a bird feeder hung just outside my dining room window and I watch the birds every morning while I am drinking coffee and working her on HubPages. It's just a relaxing way to start my day. You should try a bird feeder, you shouldn't have a problem with opposums anyway. I had to "squirrel proof" my bird feeder. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

Thanks for such a helpful hub. I put bread out every day for the birds and love watching them. As you said, it makes me feel happier, and also peaceful to watch these beautiful creatures. Of course the bread also attracts the squirrels and possums, but being an animal lover, I'm glad to feed them too! Great hub!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Parkavithai! I love to sit and watch the birds as I drink my coffee and work on HubPages, in the mornings. I enjoy watching all the different types of birds that come to my feeders and I love taking pictures of them too. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


parkavithai 3 years ago

Much needed hub. It's time to protect our flying friends. Watching birds and taking photograph is always so close to my heart. Thank you for this awesome hub sgbrown.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello deergha! I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub! I truly enjoy watching my birds, especially in the mornings. It is such a relaxing and enjoyable way to start my day! Thank you for stopping by, voting and sharing my hub, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Very nice hub. Everything here is so useful and important for the bird lovers. You have provided some very interesting ideas to attract the small feathery friends close to us. Thank you for this one. Shared and votes all up way.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Rajan! I'm glad you found my hub useful. I find watching the birds very relaxing and sometimes amuzing as well. It is a good way to start off your day. Thank you for your kind words, votes and share! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Your bird pictures are always amazing. This certainly is very useful information. I'd like to get birds to my backyard and these tips have given me an idea how to go about it. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up, useful and sharing.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Chris! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and I thank you for your kind words and support. Have a wonderful day! :)


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I keep bird houses in the backyard , and I love to watch the redbirds play in the trees... there are some good ideas on this hub, and you did a wonderful job!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Ireno! I am glad to find another bird lover here. I love watching the birds and finding new birds that come to visit. I would love to see your pictures of the inca doves! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Beautiful pictures of birds you have here! I, too, have written about Bird Watching.

When my KODAK digicam was still functioning, I caught on cam a couple of inca doves at the fence of our backyard. It was an ecstatic momemt for me, with their gazes so candid on camera.

Whenever I'm in the province (BICOL, Philippines), It's my morning routine to watch the birds nearby (warblers, waders, white herons, wild duck catching the early worms).


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Chitrangada! Inviting nature to my home makes my little world much better. I do feel blessed to be able to live where I do and I try to appreciate all that nature gives me. I appreciate your kind words and pin! I hope you have a beautiful day! :)


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Beautiful and informative hub with lovely pictures. With these beautiful birds at your backyard, what a lovely and stress free life it would be.

Be blessed and happy and thanks for sharing your ideas about attracting the birds at the backyard.

Pinning it!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi SavingKathy! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you so much for your kind words! Have a wonderful day! :)


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savingkathy 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a beautiful hub! Your bird photos are stunning. I especially liked the bluebird and hummingbird ones - they're gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your tips and your photos!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Lesley! I am putting up a couple of new feeders soon, just to see what different types of birds I can bring in. I love watching them too. We have only had one snow this year, so far. Glad to see you are still here, I was beginning to wonder about you! Thank you for stopping in! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Sheila, your bird photos are absolutely fabulous!

With the snow on the ground, our garden is getting pretty chaotic with our bird visitors looking for food.

I never tire of watching them at the feeders.

Thank you for this wonderful hub, voted up.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Stephanie! I have to say that my dogs will keep any cats away from our house and lving in the country, there just aren't any cats around except for the occasional bobcat and they stay in the woods. I think the tray style bird feeder would be a great project for any spare wood lying around. You just gave me an idea for myself! Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment. Have a great day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Angelo! I understand the problems. Stray cats will certainly put a damper on the bird activity. I too would hate to see baby birds eaten by the cats! Thank you for stoppingin and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! You do have an excellent climate for keeping birds around all year. I love watching all the birds too, especially in spring when they are building their nests. Thank you for your kind comments, votes and sharing! Have a great day! :)


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey

All of your pointers and tips are spot on. I have found all these methods a spectacular way to get more birds coming around. Unfortunately it also attracts their predators. I have never seen the tray style feeder before. But it looks like something I can make. So now I have a great use for all the wood in our workshop that has now been sitting since we had kids.


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

Great ideas. I have watched Florida bluejays from my sunroom. Problem around here is all the stray cats. I thought of putting up a bird feeder but would greatly regret it if it just provides another source of food for the abandoned cats and their offspring.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Sheila,

I just voted birdbath although we also have a birdhouse, but no bird feeder. We used to have one but realized that in this climate there is plenty for the birds to eat on a year round basis. We regularly see bluejays, doves, cardinals, robins and other birds like hummingbirds seasonally. I'm not certain but think that our birdhouse is regularly used by swallows or a similar bird. We love watching the constant show in our backyard. Great photos and good information about what attracts birds. Many up votes and sharing.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello prasetio! I imagine you have some really beautiful birds where you live. I'm glad you found my information useful. You should take some pictures of the birds in your area and share with us. I'm sure we would enjoy a hub about them! Thank you for stopping in, commenting and voting on my hub, it is always appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. I am birds lovers and I found useful tips here. I also enjoy the pictures as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Carol! I think birds make us appreciate nature's beauty. I hope you find my ideas helpful. Thank you for stopping in and pinning! I really appreciate all your support! Have a wonderful day! :)


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

There is something so comforting and cheerful about beautiful birds. I am going to bookmark this and try to follow some of your ideas. Also going to pin for others to do the same.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Glimmer Twin Fan! Thank you for your kind comments! You made my day! :) I love watching the birds and I love helping them out in the winter. Isn't living in the country just wonderful! Thank you for your wonderful comment, vote and share! Have a beautiful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Adam. That is a very nice compliment! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Eddy! Thank you for stopping in and reading. Thank you also for all you support! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Your photos are stunning! The bluebird too my breath away. We get a lot of birds here in the winter by feeding them. We also live along the woods. Great hub here. Beautiful, up and shared.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Bill! Thank you for your so kind comments! :) I always enjoy hearing from you. Have a beautiful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello juneaukid! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Squirrels can be a bit of a problem here too. Sorry to hear about your bird bath. My dogs do a lot to help with keeping the squirrels away. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


Adam 3 years ago

How nice the article is and your birds description.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Mary! I think that with age, we learn to appreciate the smaller things in life. Hubby and I both enjoy watching the birds come and go. I would like to see what other types of birds I can bring to my feeders this spring. I am trying another type of bird house and going to create a "nesting" wreath for them. Thank you for your very kind comments, you made my day! I appreciate your kind words, and all your support! Have a beautiful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Faith Reaper! I love watching my birds too. I just wish I had some of their never ending energy! Thank you for your kind comment, votes and sharing! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful read and thanks for sharing.

I vote up,across and share all around.

Eddy.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello moonlake! Thank you! I can't wait for spring either. I really hate cold weather. I don't know how you live where you do...I would go crazy with the long winters. Hubby and I are both starting to get a little "gnarly" because of cabin fever! Thanks for stopping in and your kind comment, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Mhatter! I am glad to hear that your yard attracts a wide variety of birds. I love to watch the birds. I wish I had all their energy! Thank you for stopping in and commenting! Have a great day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Lindalou! Thank you for your kind comment. An ad for Angry Birds, yep, that pretty funny! Thanks for stopping by and commening, it's always appreciated! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Jackie! I'm glad you found my hub useful. I love photographing birds. Some times it takes a little patience and a lot of pictures, but it's worth it! Thank you for your kind comment! Have fun with your bird photography! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Ruby! I have quite a variety of birds now, but I am going to try a few different things this spring to see if I can attract some new ones. Thank you for your kind comment! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Atz! Thank you! I appreciate you stopping in and leaving such a kind comment! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub! Have a wonderful day! :)


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Sheila. Love to watch our feathered friends. These are great tips for attracting a variety of birds to your backyard. The pictures are suburb, especially that hummingbird! Great job as usual.


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juneaukid 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

I greatly enjoyed reading your hub and have tried various things to attact birds in our yard in Denver but squirrels do lots to interfere with the process--they even caused our bird bath to tumble and break.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I'm not sure if its age or just growing into appreciation but my husband and I love watching the birds too. Its nice to see such a variety fly into our backyard and feel comfortable there. They do love the water. Now, when things are semi-frozen, they are enjoying water on top of our ponds and pool.

I guess I don't have to tell you how spectacular your pictures are, everyone else beat me to it, but, I will anyway. Such clarity and color, really, really awesome.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello teaches! I would loveto see an eagle in my yard! We do get a few red tailed hawks at our place and I would love to get a good picture of one. As far as seeing hummingbirds more often, have you put up a hummingbird feeder? We have as many as 15 hummers at one time to our feeder in the summer. Thank you for stopping in and your kind comments! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Good morning breakfastpop! You must have a naturally "bird friendly" backyard, that's awesome! I love to watch my birds of a morning, it a good way to wake up and start my day. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Sunshine! Don't try to put food on the roof, I would hate to hear of you falling off! The squirrels have learned they cannont get on our feeder anymore, so they stay on the ground, picking up what has fallen. Thank you for your kind words and comment! I always enjoy hearing from you! :)


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Delightful and informative hub here. Your photos are stunning.

I love watching birds.

Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Love your pictures. I can't wait for Spring when the blue birds come back. Enjoyed your hub voted up.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. My yard attracted a wide variety of birds.


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lindalou1963 3 years ago from Texas

The pictures are gorgeous! I saved this to read for springtime. i noticed on of the ads on your page was for 'angry birds'... couldn't help but LOL


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I will have to make use of this! I just started photographing birds so now I need to draw them in. (Love yours pics!) Thanks! ^


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Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Nice to know about meal worms, I hadn't thought of that. Awesome pictures of some of my favorite birds. I love seeing them around in the trees.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Imogen! Thank you for your kind words! I sit in the morning, drinking my coffee, "hubbing" and watching my birds through my front window. It's a great way to start my day! Thank you for your wonderful comment, it is always appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi pstraubie! Yes, too many kitties will keep the birds away! We used to have a problem with cats at our previous house. Too many close neighbors with too many cats. Now we live in the country and I have plenty of birds. I do like to attract new ones though. I too, love the cardinals, they are so bright and colorful. I like the bluebirds too! Thanks for stopping in, voting and commenting. Thanks for the angels! Received with a smile and sent back to you! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Thumbi! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thanks for stopping in and commenting! I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Bill! I know where you care coming from! If I put up anymore bird feeders, I may have to get on food stamps! LOL Thanks for the comment! Have a great day! :)


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Atz 3 years ago from Calicut, Kerala, INDIA

wow BEAUtiful ;)

that's a great collection of pictures =)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peg! Thank you for your kind words! I do love watching my birds. I have put up another feeder recently, a platform feeder to see what type of birds I get to visit there. I have 2 bird baths and plan on making a wreath out of some nesting materials and hang it in a tree. I can't wait for spring! I have 2 bird houses and told my hubby today, I want to learn howto make them! He laughed and said, "That's just what I need, more bird poop on my truck!" LOL Sounds like I may have to start helping wash his truck this year! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Lots of good info here, as well as nice pictures of beautiful birds. I never tire of watching birds at the feeders and in the yard. I like the way you formatted your hub, too. Lovely! Voted Up, Beautiful and Useful :)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

We do see lots of birds in our backyard, even an occasional hawl and eagle, but I would love to see a hummingbird more often. Your photos are a great add to the article and your suggestions are excellent. Enjoyed the post!


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

I love this hub. It is filled with marvelous information. I have to say that I don't do a thing to attract the birds but they are in my backyard in abundance.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I felt like I was one with nature while reading your hub! I just adore our fine feathered friends and love when they visit! Your photos and tips are superb! The squirrels usually scare the birds away by me unless I place food on the roof, that's a tricky situation. Ha!


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Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

A lovely hub with great pictures - I especially love your bluebird picture. I enjoy feeding and watching the birds in my garden too, but we have a whole different array of birds - yours look quite exotic by comparison! Well done on some good advice, too, the birds appreciate all the help we can give them :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Thank you for all of these good tips. I have a real problem getting birds to come as there are an over-abundance of kitties roaming around. I do have some and am so excited when they come to visit. Cardinals are frequent visitors and I am always enchanted by their brilliant color.

Voted up +++

Sending angels to you this 14th day of our new year. :) ps


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India

Wow! Amazing pictures!!

I loved reading your hub...


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

We have so many birds right now we can barely keep them in food. :) I think we are doing something right! LOL Loved the pictures!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These pictures are breathtakingly beautiful, SG. What an awesome treat to have these creatures visit your yard. I voted all on the poll but I do not yet have a birdhouse. Guess I better get busy building one! I loved the hummingbird pic.

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