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Bring Your Backyard to Life with a Backyard Birdhouse

by Karin Mangan, All About Lawns Columnist

Before you choose a backyard birdhouse, you should consider the kind of birds you can expect to attract. Sparrows, finches, wrens, chickadees, and bluebirds are the most common residents of backyards.

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Birds and the Backyard Birdhouse
Over 50 species of birds typically next in birdhouses and the types you attract to your backyard birdhouse typically depends on the type of habitat and environment you offer your backyard guests.

To attract birds, such as the American Goldfinch or Purple Martin, you should research mating habits, as well as their feeding and nesting preferences to design a proper birdhouse. Depending on the bird, the size of entry holes, location of the birdhouse, and type of birdhouse may vary. There are plenty of resources available to determine what types of birds are in your community.

Attracting Birds
From feeding stations to birdhouses, there are numerous ways to attract birds. Providing water is one popular method. You may want to consider installing a bird bath, pond, or dripper system to attract birds to your backyard.

Trees, shrubs, and bushes are also typically important elements to attracting birds as well. Bushes and shrubs provide security and protection from predators and allow birds to feel safe in your backyard environment.

If you want to attract different birds, you can choose from a multitude of prebuilt multi-species birdhouses. Whether you choose to build or purchase a birdhouse, the birdhouse should offer drainage and ventilation, have predator guards, as well as be made out of durable materials.

Enjoying your Backyard Birdhouse
Creating a safe and attractive environment in your backyard should attract numerous different species of birds. You should be able to watch their seasonal activities and even track the birth of new family members. Birdhouses are terrific additions that can fill your backyard with year-round activity.

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About the Author
Karin has worked as a writer and researcher for the past 10 years, writing on a variety of subjects. She has a research-based PhD in English studies and is engaged in an ongoing battle to tame her backyard.



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