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Making Your Yard or Outdoor Living Space a Habitat for Birds

Updated on June 22, 2011

Bring more Birds to your Area

I love seeing birds come around the house, and I always have. Bird watching is not only relaxing but you can learn quite a bit about our feathered friends that live nearby. In a time where we all want to do our part to help the world, and nature, this is just one other fun way to do it. There are some easy things we can do to encourage the bird population around us to come in close enough to see and enjoy. I have truly loved doing this, and I have a neighbor that got me started, as well as my parents. There are a lot of interesting and beautiful birds out there. During the seasons where it may get colder, why not help out those feathered friends that are looking for something to eat?

Red Crested Cardinal
Red Crested Cardinal

Some Basic things you can do to bring Bring more birds around

Many people love to bring birds to their outdoor living space. There are some basic things you can do to achieve this.

1. Provide Food for Birds. There are so many bird feeders to choose from now, all with varying prices. Creating your own bird feeder is something you can do. At the very least, scattering out bird feed is one option, as I know we have seen that work at our house. Birds will eat seed right off the ground, like I have seen the wild turkeys do many times here.

2. Provide Water for Birds. If you definitely want birds to come around, help by providing some water for them. People use birdbaths, and not just in the non freezing months anymore. You can find ways to keep your birdbath from freezing over in the winter months if you live in an area that freezes. Ponds work, streams and creeks of course work as well. Birds are not picky, and you can observe them enjoying a small puddle on occasion.

3. Provide a type of cover for Birds. Trees and birdhouses come to mind here. Trees and bushes provide birds a place to feel safe and hidden somewhat from other predators and the elements sometimes. They provide a place for birds to raise their young as well.

4. Plant Native Plants for your area. Educate yourself on the various native plants in your area which is a great help to both the environment and to wildlife. This in turn is a great help to all of us. Select the ones you like, and move forward with planting even if it is just one new plant or tree a year.

Homemade pine cone bird feeder
Homemade pine cone bird feeder | Source

Example of a Home made bird feeder

A homemade pine cone bird feeder is so easy to make, and it need not be just for kids! Its so simple that its hard to believe. You basically get a pine cone, then tie some string or yarn tightly to the top to make a loop with a double knot. Then, over newspaper or some other surface that you don't mind getting a little messy, apply peanut butter liberally all over the pine cone. Then simply roll in birdseed a couple of times. Its ready to hang outside, from a tree or near a window where you can observe the beautiful birds. I like the combination of a tree, near a window if possible, or a shrub. Birds have place to rest while they are getting the birdseed.


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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Youmeget, thank you very much for your comment and visit!

      (Sorry to all for the delay in getting back to these comments. I missed them, then got very busy.)

      Purple Perl, thanks for your comment. That must be a joy to see the little creatures running and flying about. I love a view like that.

      Denise Handlon, thanks so much for stopping by. I too, love cardinals. They sure brighten up a dreary or Winters day.

      Sunchild, I am so glad to share what I learned about bringing more birds around. They are so full of life and so interesting. Glad you stopped by.

      Phoenix, thank you very much!

      Chamilj, I too love birds, thank you so much.

      Nifty, Yes, I hear you about keeping those feeders up. Thanks for your comment :)

      Mysisters, I hear you, and its like a game with the animals, something to do I think. Perhaps on another side of the house where the dogs can't chase them? Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. :)

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      K9, thanks for your visit and comment! I hope your pine cone bird feeder worked out :)

      Pamela, I think that is awesome that you provide food and water year round. It keeps those beautiful birds coming back again and again. They bring such joy.

      Austinstar, I hear you, as sometimes I get woken up by early chirping! Its great that you have things set up for them though. Thanks for your comment!

      TruckstopSally, thank you very much!

      LLWoodard, thank you for the comment and reminder for the birds safety. We don't want any accidents. I will amend the hub some to include this, as another person mentioned it too. Some may just not have thought about it. Glad you stopped by!

      Docmo, that sounds like a nice place for birds, where you live. Its a joy to hear them in the morning, I agree. As long as I am not trying to get extra rest and need to work that day! :)

      PRMorgan, I wonder why they don't like the bird bath? Maybe they don't feel 100% safe for some reason? The food will help them to come around for sure. Glad you stopped by.

      MannyRolando, That is awesome! Thanks so much for your comment and stopping by. :)

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      mysisters 6 years ago

      I do love birds but I also love my two little dogs. If I could somehow find a way to have both in my backyard that would be amazing. Every time a cute little bird lands in our yard it isn't long before my little dogs go running after it.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Some great advice! Keep feeders & water up high if you have dogs or cats!

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      chamilj 6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Great hub and nice concept! I love Birds.

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      Very informative hub thanks and voted up.

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      sunchild28 6 years ago from Nigeria

      thanks for telling me how to get more birds around.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful hub. I didn't know there was a red crested cardinal. It's beautiful. The cardinal (male) is my favorite bird.

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      Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      We have a couple of large trees right in front of our home and it is a joy to see squirrels and exotic birds each day.

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      youmeget 6 years ago

      Great ideas, good work thumbs up!


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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      Great hub... I usually provide food and water and have lots of trees and plants around the yard so the birds enjoy to stop by... I love to watch them and to listen to them in the morning!

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      PR Morgan 6 years ago from Sarasota Florida

      I like to see birds around my house...I have a bird bath but they don't like it...I will try some food...

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Great ideas for supporting bird population - I live where there are no buildings behind our house and plenty of trees and farm land.. the sound of birds in the morning is heavenly... great subject, well written!

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Just be sure to hang the bird feeder high enough so cats can't catch a ready-made meal.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Love your pictures! Great ideas too. Happy birding!

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      Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      The birds love my little hanging bird feeder. So do the squirrels which I like too. I have a fountain out front for the water.

      Now, if I could just get that early bird to stop chirping! He wakes me up every morning about an hour early. Bad bird!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I love birds and provide food and water year round. I very much enjoyed your hub,

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      What a beautiful idea here. Birds are so soothing and sweet with song. I can watch the birds in my back yard for hours. I enjoyed your hub a great deal today, thank you. Now I'm off to make a pine cone bird feeder!


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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Dirt Farmer, thank you very much. So glad you stopped by!

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Nice hub! Enjoyed it.