Karolyn Warfel: The warm weather brings a lot of wild life activity into your backyard. While birds are the wildlife you are trying to attract, here are a few tips to make your yard bird friendly.
The first thing to consider is adding a bird feeder. Different feeders attract different birds. Hopper or chalet feeders are the most common and have a broad appeal to a lot of birds. Tube feeders are great for small birds and songbirds. Finch feeders are specific to having Thistle or Nyjer Seeds for the finches and nectar feeders attract hummingbirds and orioles.
Once you have selected your feeder, you need to think about what type of food you want to offer birds, black oil sunflower seed is the most popular and appeals to a large variety of birds. Thistle and Nyjer seed is specific to finches and mix seed is an economical blend of different types of seed, it also has a broad appeal. Nectar is a 100% sucrose formula to attract hummingbirds and orioles.
Water is also a key element in attracting birds. If you provide a clean consistent source of water in the form of a water feeder or a bird bath, you are bound to have birds would turn to your yard day after day.
Keeping your feeders clean is also important for the health of the bird. You want to check your feeders every 2-3 days to make sure there is no mold growth, or insect infestation.
By following these tips you are bound to have beautiful birds in your backyard in no time.