Imagine watching different birds blitzing a seed feeder in your garden or a single bluebird singing while perched on your windowsill. They can really make your day. But these beautiful creatures can also be your best ally in controlling pest in your garden naturally. Birds will eat everything from snails to the tiniest insect pest year round.
Creating a bird sanctuary in your garden is not just about hanging a birdfeeder around the yard. You also need to provide them with basic necessities to invite them to stay. Just like us, they need a home or a nesting place. They also need fruiting trees and other plants where they can gather food. In short, they need food, water, shelter and a nesting place. Here are some wonderful birds and how to attract them.
These are very graceful and energetic birds. They are beautiful and are relatively quiet but makes lovely chirping sounds. Swallows are commonly found in urban and suburban areas which makes them easily attracted to bird-friendly gardens. To encourage them to stay, leave a patch of mud in your garden which they can use to build muddy nests. They love large bird bath fountain where they can skim the water for a drink. What is fascinating about swallows is their voracious appetites consuming hundreds of insects in a day. They like beetles, flies, grasshoppers and winged ants.
These are stunningly colorful thrashers and are extremely desirable by most gardeners. They make a good natural pest eliminator because of their flying skill and their ravenous appetite for insects and berries. Bluebirds prefer a wide open space with few mature trees as shelter. They are cavity nesting birds and putting out nesting materials will encourage them to build a nest. Provide a large but low basin with fresh, clean water for drinking and bathing.
They are fearless flyers and would swoop down over water to scoop up insects. These medium size insects are known fly catchers and prefer open areas where they would wait on low tree branches and swoop to catch insects with their beaks. Their diet includes a wide range of insects like mosquitoes, moth, crickets, flies, grasshoppers, small beetles, and caterpillars. They build muddy nests around man-made structures, encourage them to build their nest by providing nesting material around your garden.
Remember not to use insecticides or pesticides in your garden to provide a sufficient food source and make sure that water in pools and basins are always fresh and clean. With this in mind, expect a variety of birds flying around your garden… helping you get rid of pests.
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