Backyard Birding: Getting Ready for Spring

Backyard Birding: Getting Ready for Spring
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    As winter recedes and spring advances, you will begin to notice some changes around your yard.

    Of the feathery kind.

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Some of your winter birds such as cardinals may be nesting while yellow-rumped warblers may be appearing at bird feeders while the chill is yet in the air.

Here are some things can do to get your backyard birding ready for spring.

1. Keep feeding. You’ve been feeding birds throughout the winter, helping your feathery friends with suet and seed. Keep the food available until plants begin to take hold including flowers and seed producing feed.

2. Set up a bird bath. If you shut down your bird bath for the winter, get it out as soon as temperatures stay above freezing. You’ll attract more birds when they see the shiny reflection beckoning them to stop, drink water, or take a bath. You can keep the bird bath out year ’round if you invest in a bird bath heater. Tip: prices are generally lower in warmer months, so shop for one this spring.

3. Hang bird houses. Perhaps your yard had two or three bird houses in place. Are they in good shape? Do they need to be cleaned out? Check these houses before the first inhabitants show up. Replace or fixed damaged houses and consider adding one or two more to give your bird population housing choices. Mount the bird houses at the appropriate height and away from possible predators including domestic cats.

4. Consider your cover. Birds need access to food and water, but they also need shelter that goes beyond a bird house. Make your yard truly bird welcoming by planting foliage rich bushes to provide protection and shelter from bad weather. Add early blooming flowers to your garden and rake up the lawn to remove thatch and dead grass. This will also serve to bring insects to the top where they’ll be within easy reach of chirping sparrows, purple martins, eastern bluebirds, yellow warblers, house wrens, and other birds that want them. Minimize the use of chemicals on the lawn too as these poisons are toxic to birds.

5. Cooperate with your neighbors. Likely, there are other people in your neighborhood that share your fascination with birds. Get to know these people and cooperate on ways to make your respective yards more bird welcoming. Your neighbors might also band together to advise the town especially if a tree cutting program is being planned, one that might disturb the habitat of birds and animals alike.

Happy Spring!

Migratory birds are one important sign of spring. Keep your field guide handy and check it each time a new visitor shows up especially one that you have not seen before.

See AlsoHow to Attract Birds to Your Garden

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".