Wild Birds And The Ecosystem

 

Do you know that wild birds help the ecosystem of your backyard garden?  They help to spread pollen, they eat the bugs that destroy your plants and they help to minimize the weeds that can take over your garden.

Helping To Pollinate

Wild Birds help to pollinate. They carry the pollen from one plant to another (like bees do) this fertilizes the flowers which in turn helps to turn into fruits, vegetables, and seeds. This is beneficial in growing a successful garden. No matter what kind of garden you may be growing. This in turn leads to more birds. Hummingbirds are a great example of this.

Weed Prevention

Wild birds eat many of the seeds from weeds, preventing the weeds from growing around your yard and in your garden. Some of these birds would be Towhees, Sparrows and Finches. The weed seeds are a natural food source for these birds.

Insect Control

Many birds eat insects such as mosquitoes, aphids, and ants. Some birds like worms as well. Attracting birds to your yard could help eliminate a lot of the insects that could damage your plants. This is beneficial to the birds as well giving them a natural food supply. You won’t need insecticides with these birds around.

Fruit Trees And Berry Bushes

By growing fruit trees and berry bushes you are attracting birds to your yard or garden. The birds love this kind of food and therefore will be attracted to your garden. The birds will also spread the seeds from these types of plants This helps to increase your fruit trees. It is a great way to not only attract the birds but to give them the food naturally. Robins love fruit.

Stress Reliever

Watching the birds helps to relieve stress. The sounds that they make, the way they act and the new birds that you can attract while you add to their habitat can help to relieve stress for you. You can give your body the vitamin D it needs and being outside can help you to get some air as well. All the more reason to add a few things to attract the birds and make your garden beautiful.

Educational

Watching birds can be very educational. You can learn what types of birds come into your garden. You can also study their sounds and mannerisms. It can be very beneficial when you are teaching your children or grandchildren about the birds, and local wildlife. Each season there will be different wildlife that you will encounter. This can make learning fun and help to enhance the educational experience for future generations.

Conservation

By building habitats that the birds can enjoy you are helping to increase the bird populations and giving the birds a place to call home. This helps the extinction of many local and migrating birds.  Also using the plants that are from your area can help in preserving the environment. The plants will use less water and will be less prone to disease. The birds and wildlife will love it too.

Bird Feeders

Bird feeders are a great way to help the birds to get the different kinds of seeds and nectar they need. When you feed them you can help them when there is no flowers blooming or during the winter when everything is frozen which makes it hard to get to the seeds they need. It is also great to watch them when they are using the feeders you have provided.

hummingbirdsHummingbird Nectar

When putting out your hummingbird feeders you can buy nectar or make your own. I make my own it consists of two ingredients: sugar and water. I add ¼ cup sugar (granulated) to every 1 cup water. You can make as much as you want and store it in the refrigerator up to one week. When you make it you just boil the water and let it stand until room temperature or put it in the refrigerator to cool it off.  The hummingbirds love this recipe. I watch them fight over the feeder it can become quite amusing at times. We have hummingbirds year round, so this helps in the winter months when there are no flowers for them to get the nectar from. Be sure not to use anything else but sugar.

Suet Cakes

Suet can be used year round to attract different kinds of birds. There is a lot of protein in the suet to help provide energy for the birds. It comes in many different varieties that the birds love.

I hang it outside of my home and have attracted chickadees, woodpeckers, crows, and many other kinds of birds. Suet is mainly beef fat and helps the birds load up on the fat they need for migration. It can also be sold as vegetable shortening or peanut butter. Suet cakes can be placed in a basket so it is easy for the birds to eat from. It is a great source of food for your birds in the winter.

Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

Birds love the black oil sunflower seeds. It is very popular, and can attract many different wild birds. It is rich in nutritious oils and the seed is easy for small birds to crack. You should always add this seed to your mix. Plain sunflower hearts is also something that you may want to add to your birdseed. You can use these by themselves or in a mix either way will attract many birds.The gray striped sunflower seeds will attract birds such as jays that have a heavy-bill, because the seed is harder to crack.

Nyjer Seeds

Nyjer seed also known as thistle seed is a very small seed that needs a special feeder to be placed in so it doesn’t fall out. It is great for attracting finches and buntings. By including this seed into your feeder you can attract all sorts of birds to your garden.

starling bird housseBird Houses

Building bird houses can help the birds that are attracted to your yard. They provide them a place to make their nest and raise the hatchlings so they are protected by the elements as well as predators. I have several houses around my yard. Every spring there are Starlings that come by to build nests for their babies. We have Swifts that do this as well. The Hummingbirds nest in the tree next to my home.

These are just a few ways to add to the Ecosystem of your backyard. I hope this has helped you to know a little more about the wild birds you can attract to your home.

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