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    How to Attract Birds to your Garden

    ArticleBird AdviceThursday 18 August 2011
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    For those birdwatchers who don’t own birds, tempting wild birds to your garden or front porch (if you’re American!) is a rewarding pastime. Your porch can provide cover for animals to take refuge from the weather, as well as from predators.

    Hang bird feeders in shady parts of the garden or porch. If you have a porch place bird feeders at either end of it.

    Provide tempting food for birds such as black-oil sunflower seeds – it’s unlikely they’ll come visit your garden for just any old seeds! Leave suet (a high-energy formulation of animal fat and other ingredients) if you have woodpeckers or insect-eating birds such as robins and warblers. However, use suet only during cooler months, as it can spoil in the heat.


    Turn a dustbin lid upside down and place it in the garden near the house.
    Fill the lid with at least 2 inches of water. Put a handful of stones and a few tree branches into the water to allow the birds a place to perch. This way birds can bathe.

     

    Crack 3 eggs and discard the inside of the eggs. Boil the eggshells for at least 10 minutes. Eggshells can aid in a bird's digestion. Crush the eggshells into small bits and place them in a small dish. Place the dish on your porch or in the garden.

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