There are so many wonderful things about birds. In addition to their beauty, the beautiful sounds they make, and the sheer entertainment value they are also helpful to have around.
Many birds are helpful at cleaning up in the spring. Since most will be looking for nesting materials they are useful in picking up a lot of yard debris which may accumulate over the winter months. Many birds are also bug eaters. Their presence in you garden will not only help to keep the pest population under control, but will also help to deter the pests from even coming.
Attracting birds isn't a hard task at all. You will just need to give them a reason to choose your yard by supplying them with the tools they need to make a home.
A good place to start is by providing a Bird Box. Many birds will nest in a tree, but if given the proper shelter how could they refuse? Although it's suggested that you clean out the box after each season, most birds will be able to "clean house" themselves. Our boxes provide easy access screws on the bottom panel for you if you should choose to do this. Also provided is an optional perch. The box comes with the perch in place, but most birds will not need these. In fact, it is suggested that you remove the perch as it will only provide predators the leverage they need to invade the nest. Either way, you may choose to keep it in place by securing it with a dab of glue, or removing it. If removed the hole will provide additional ventilation. There are ventilation slats on the sides, and drainage holes on the bottom in case of water. The boxes are made of untreated wood, and left unpainted. You do not need to paint the box, but if you choose to please use a nontoxic latex for the safety of the birds.
When placing your box please choose a spot that is out of reach of most predators, and out of view to ensure the privacy of the birds. Although watching them is enjoyable, when it comes to nesting, they will prefer privacy so as not to feel threatened. This isanother reason we leave the boxes unfinished... the less attention you draw to them, the more encouraged a bird will be to select this home.
Provide plenty of nesting supplies. You may fill a mesh bag with hair, dryer lint, feathers, undied string, anything you see laying around that may be suitable for nest construction. Place these "supplies" within a short distance of the box. Birds will not be detered by your family dog either. In fact, take Fido out on a nice spring day for a brushing and leave the fur on the ground. This makes excellent nesting material.
You may provide a bird bath for you visitors to frolic in, but a bird feeder is not mandatory. Your garden should provide enough for this growing family. A bird feeder will only attract other birds and predators creating a high traffic area that may turn you potential birds away. It is hard to forego a feeder, though, if you're a lover of birds so we suggest that if you must keep one please keep it well away from your Bird Box.
Apart from these tips, nature should take it's course. If you have a particular bird in mind that you would like to attract you should research what types of plants might be helpful in attracting that species.