Attracting birds to your backyard is not as difficult as you think.
There are 3 main things that birds look for. Food, water and shelter. Here are some tips to help you attract your feathered friends.
-Place a bird feeder close to trees. Evergreens or cedars are ideal. Garden areas with flower and shrubs also help to attract the birds.
-A bird bath close to the feeding station is a good idea. In the winter you could use a heated bird bath, or place a heater in your existing one.
-Choose a seed mixture that is appropriate for the type of bird you are trying to attract. Preferably something without any fillers and that has a high percentage of sunflower. (Check out our mixtures and descriptions)
Many people come into the store and tell us about their squirrel problems. Through trial and error of what you have told us, these are the best ways that we know to deter the squirrels.
- Get a squirrel proof feeder that has been tested to be a good feeder. Very often there are feeders on the market that don't really work. Ask your retailer about warranty and what type of birds and seed will suit the feeder.
-For feeders hanging from poles, you can purchase squirrel baffles that wrap around the pole. The baffle needs to be at least 11" from the centre of the pole to the outer edge in order to work. Make sure that your pole is far enough away from trees and buildings (approx 15ft) so that the squirrel can not jump onto the feeder.
-Change your bird seed mixture to an anti-squirrel blend, or safflower. Squirrels prefer to eat sunflower and peanuts. With a blend that has mainly safflower in it without the sunflower or peanuts, the squirrels do not eat as aggressively. These mixtures will still attract cardinals, finches, grosbeaks, indigo blue buntings and mourning doves. The birds that won't like it are bluejays, woodpeckers and nuthatches.