Bird Feeding Stations

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What is a bird feeding station? It�s simple. It�s an area within your yard or your property where you have birdfeeders set up. Most bird feeding stations are set up near the deck or a window, so your family can enjoy the various birds that will come.

A variety of feeders of different kinds should be used for attracting and feeding a wide variety of species. As for the food itself, fruit, suet, peanut butter mixtures, nectar, and mealworms can be offered in addition to various bird seeds. To attract a particular bird to your backyard, though, you need to know the type of feeder and food they prefer.

When placing your feeders, pick out a section of your yard for the bird feeding station that is visible from indoors, yet close to bushes or trees so that the birds can take flee to safety if danger should come around. Place the feeders for smaller birds in a separate area from the feeders for larger birds. Doing this will let the smaller birds to eat in peace, and not have to compete with the other, bigger ones. They will appreciate you for it and will reward you by more frequent visits.

If you place your seed birdfeeders near or within a garden area, sometimes the seeds will sprout! Now, some people may not like the idea of pulling out sprouting plants, especially if they have a well-manicured garden. If so, they can choose to get shelled seeds instead. An added bonus of shelled seed is that you will not have the mess of discarded shells, although a down side of the shelled seed is that is will mold faster. Some people may just let the seeds sprout, (sunflower seeds for example) and grow a natural sunflower forest for the birds.

Some of the nicest bird feeding stations that I've seen have long branches along with the feeders. These branches can either be tied onto the feeders or pushed into the ground, thus adding some helpful perches for the birds to sit. Some people also use these branches to hang pieces of fruit, while others grow vines up the branches. Vines are useful for breeding insects for the birds, as well as adding some decorative touches. If you want to use vines, though, use red trumpet-shaped flowering vines to attract hummingbirds and provide natural nectar.

A dead tree, called a snag, with dangerous limbs removed, is a great focal point for a bird feeding station. Woodpeckers and other insect-feeding birds can use the top of the tree, while feeders can be hanged on the lower branches. But avoid putting nesting boxes on a snag that is being used as a feeding station, as parent birds do not feel safe with lots of other bird activity around their little ones.

Be sure to have a source of water in your backyard for the birds to drink and bathe. Never put a bird bath or pond too close to the feeding station, though. Aside from the fact that birds like a bit of peace and quiet as they arrange and dry their feathers, birds will avoid baths that have lots of other activity around them. Near your bird feeding station, try planting flowers that will provide seed and nectar for your backyard birds. Zinnias, coneflowers, and sunflowers are good choices. Birds will devour these seeds, especially during the autumn season.

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Author: Azlan Irda
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