Springtime has arrived, and soon the trees will be budding, flowers will be blooming, and birds will be singing their morning wake-up songs. Do you love watching and listening to songbirds, but aren’t sure how to attract more to your yard? The National Wildlife Federation offers some simple tips on how you can welcome birds of all sorts to your home this spring. These suggestions will help you attract birds of all sorts, from migratory species to birds that stay on Long Island all year long.
Provide Water: Birds need water, just like any other living thing – especially migratory birds. Sometimes, especially in winter and spring, it may be hard for them to access a birdbath, however. Offering a source of moving water will help the birds locate it by sound. You can find specialty products such as small fountains and bubblers at most bird supply stores.
Offer an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet: Not all bird species eat the same thing, so offering a variety of nutrition sources is key to getting many different types of birds to visit your lawn. Black oil sunflower seed is popular among a number of wild birds, including jays, chickadees, and cardinals. Smaller birds, like the goldfinch, enjoy thistle, and a mix of seed types can attract many different birds (and the neighborhood squirrel).
Offering suet and peanut butter treats in the winter can help keep the local bird population happy and healthy. And, if you’d love a visit from the tiny hummingbird, offer a nectar (sugar water) feeder. Avoid the red-dyed nectar, though.
Leaf it Up: Want to attract birds that like bugs, such as robins and towhees, to your yard? Then place a few small piles of leaves around your yard. This will create a natural habitat for insects that birds love to munch, such as grubs.
Create a Bird Sanctuary: Having plenty of different types of food to go around certainly helps bring birds to your yard, but there are other measures you can take to ensure your home is the neighborhood hangout. Place feeders closer to shrubs and trees (with some allowance for any cats who may be lurking about) and birds will dart out to enjoy some seed from their safety cover in the vegetation. And, remember to keep up with feeding the birds year-round. You can help them survive the cold winters, and they’ll return for generations to your yard.
Having your air conditioning system break down during warm weather is, as they say, for the birds. Why not give All Seasons a call this spring for the seasonal maintenance your AC needs to run its best? Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll be happy to help you.