Bringing the Flock to your Backyard
Bass Pro Shops Gift Department
Birding connects you with nature in a fun, inexpensive and educational way. With a little knowledge of birding, you will have a fulfilling and rewarding connection with wild birds.
Most birds will come to a backyard that is well equipped, and the right supplies can help you maintain a bird-friendly backyard easily. From basic birding supplies to specialized equipment, having the proper tools will make backyard birding rewarding. Birds may seem to be everywhere, but they'll only visit backyards regularly if their basic needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites are met. By adding features to meet those needs, you will find more birds willing to join your backyard flock.
Birdfeeders are the easiest way to enjoy watching birds in your yard. Not all feeder styles are appropriate, however, and understanding what feeders and foods will work best for the birds in your backyard can help you offer a scrumptious bird-friendly buffet.
There are numerous styles, designs, sizes and shapes of bird feeders available, so which one is best for your backyard birds?
Large basic feeders, such as hoppers and platforms are best for mixed flocks or larger, ground-feeding birds, while more elaborate feeders are designed for certain birds' feeding preferences. Clinging birds such as goldfinches prefer mesh feeders or feeding socks that allow them to use their natural feeding habits and postures.
Perching birds such as sparrows, titmice and chickadees enjoy tube feeders with perches placed near feeding ports.
If you are planning on offering a specific type of food, you will need specific feeders. If you decide on suet , use a mesh or cage feeder that has room for suet-loving birds such as woodpeckers and nuthatches to prop themselves while feeding, just as they would prop themselves along a tree trunk. If you are choosing a seed feeder, be sure the feeding ports are the correct size for the seed you are offering. Tiny seeds will fall through the holes meant for whole sunflower seeds, for example, and poor port size leads to much wasted seeds.
Starting with easier, simpler feeder styles to attract more birds, then specialize with feeders for the birds you enjoy the most.
Try for a variety of feeder styles, sizes and designs to make your feeding stations more attractive to different birds and to reduce competition at one feeder.
Not sure where to start – Your first list should include one simple tube feeder; one bag of black-oil sunflower seeds; one suet cage feeder and a suet cake and sit back and enjoy your new flock.
Now you may be wondering what birds are coming to your backyard.
''The Joy of Birding: A Beginner's Guide'' by Kate Rowinski teaches birders how to identify bird species by body parts, and then attract more to their yard!
Rowinski uncovers the reasons behind birds' behavior and gives advice on creating a good home for these winged creatures. Written with the home birdwatcher in mind, this birding book also includes information on destination vacations.
After reading this bird watching guide, you'll be amazed at what you've been missing! ''The Joy of Birding'' features 100 beautiful color photographs and can be found in Bass Pro Shops gift department at the birding tree.
All of your birding needs are available and the Gift Department associates will be happy to assist you in choosing your supplies.
Choose well, and you'll have a feeder you and your birds can enjoy for years.