One of my favorite things about the warm weather is seeing the lovely birds that visit my garden.
In my neck of the woods, we see a lot of chickadees and finches, but also some colorful blue jays and cardinals.
While it's always nice to see a new bird in my yard, it takes a little know-how to draw them in.
Birds are surprisingly picky, and you need to do a bit of work to make your property bird-friendly.
But once you get the hang of these four important tips, you'll be making feathered friends in no time.
1. Be Smart About Feeders
Odds are you already own a bird feeder - or two. But it takes a little bit of planning to use a feeder effectively.
Just like people, every kind of bird has a favorite food. Hummingbirds prefer nectar, while others like seeds, suet, or nuts.
Even the type of seed hanger you use makes a difference: some birds prefer platforms, while others like the hanging cage style.
To get a variety of birds to stop in your yard, it pays to hang a couple of feeders with a different type of food in each one.
Building special "bug hotels" to let birds feed themselves will also attract more attention.
2. Make Their Birdhouse A Home
Birds naturally seek out shelter in nature, and if you don't offer any in your yard they will be wary of visiting it.
Hang a clean, sturdy birdhouse or box somewhere out of the elements, with a view of your feeders, and birds will fly back and forth between them.
If you provide a large nesting box, and the materials to keep it warm, some birds may even stay on your property.