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Feeding wild birds in own back yard or when travelling

Updated on December 15, 2010

Feeding Magpie at campsite on my caravan step

 

Anyone can feed wild birds in your back yard or when travelling, although for those people who do not have enough room in their own back yard for a bird aviary, you can still interact with beautiful wild birds.  Like humans birds are doing it tough with governments chopping down their trees where they shelter from the weather and build their nests to rear their young.

 

What with the droughts, floods and fires in many areas a lot of their natural habitat is being destroyed.  Although on the brighter side at least birds are better off as they can fly away to safety during these, whereas marsupials do not stand a chance with these types of natural disasters.

 

Because of this we need to do our bit to keep these beautiful birds happily breeding each year and living in their natural trees and habitat so as they do not become another extinct statistic.

What can the individual do?

Everyone can do something no matter how small it can still help.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

 

  • Plant suitable sized trees and shrubs in your garden (size will depend on the size of your property)
  • If you are lucky enough to have trees in your garden then buy or make nest boxes and tie them up in the trees or shrubs
  • Place water containers or bird baths in your yard
  • Hang bird seed feeders so they can obtain food without injuring themselves. (More instructions later in this article)

 

Things to do while travelling on holiday

 

No matter where you go for your next holiday you can still help our birds.  Here are a few ideas for you to try:

 

  • If you are driving in the bush and happen to stop for a break in a picnic area; then sprinkle a few left over bread crumbs on or around the picnic table
  • If you see a tap, try to find something that will hold water and fill it and leave under the tap. If people come to get a drink or rinse their hands the container will fill up again.  If there are no taps then share some of your drinking water.
  • If you have any leftover fruit do not place it in the bins leave out for the birds to pick from them, apples, pears, oranges are the best for any birds.
  • Left over lettuce can be put out for the birds.  Only do this if there is no oil or seasoning on the leaves.

looking after our wild bird population

Do you try to help the wild birds survive and do you feed them

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      Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks Movie master, yes it is great watching them. Where we are living now the Willy wag tails and pigeons and a couple of twenty eight parrots come and drink and bathe in our bird bath.

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      Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks Movie master, yes it is great watching them. Where we are living now the Willy wag tails and pigeons and a couple of twenty eight parrots come and drink and bathe in our bird bath.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent advice here Eileen, I love encouraging the birds into my garden, they give me so much pleasure, I could watch them for hours!

      Voted up, best wishes MM

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      Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks Peggy, yes we all need to do our little bit to help out where we can

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We love watching the birds in our own backyard and also enjoy them when traveling. You have shared some good ideas here. Thanks!

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med , you are so right, people are cruel. We love interacting with the birds while traveling. Actually we are off on another trip on Tuesday so will do some more feeding and watching birds while on the road in our caravan Thanks again

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      You are so thoughtful. I feed the birds in my backyard everyday. It's sad that disasters and the greed of man destroys so much of their habitat. Great ideas for feeding them while travelling. v/r

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Mecheshier, thanks for stopping by and commenting

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      mecheshier 6 years ago

      Thank you for such a lovely article. Great ideas and suggestions. Thank You

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      yes its fun watching them frolick and play and sort out there pecking order as to who gets what first.

      As long as they do not become dependent on you for their feed.

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      Ginn Navarre 6 years ago

      Loved this, for my morning cup of coffee tastes perfect as I enjoy watching the many birds around my feeders and the aurguments over who gets to take a bath in the bird-bath first.

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      nellieanna, you are very welcome anytime thanks again

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Birds are such wonderful creatures. Thanks for this valuable advice!

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      mwatkins, thanks for stopping by and commenting, yes we can all make their lives happier and I love to wake up to their beautiful calls too.

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      lillygrillzit, thanks yes you are so right we have to look after them.

      Moneymakerroz, Hope it gives you a few more ideas on how to look after wild birds. thanks.

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      mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Your tips are sweet and thoughtful for not just travel, but for at home too! I love the sound of birds - Even the loud and noisy ones! Thank you for a great hub!

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      moneymakerroz 6 years ago

      I've been wanting to do this! Thank you for this great hub!

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Anyone who loves and helps wild critters survive, has a fan. Especially when it comes to the winged ones. Thank you.