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Backyard Bird Habitat: Help Birds Live Naturally

By Molly Perkins

It is fun to create a backyard bird habitat in your own backyard. You will get to enjoy listening to their singing while watching their daily activity. It is a win win situation. The birds get to enjoy what you provide for them and you get a never ending side show. It is not that hard to create a good environment for birds. It is quite simple: water, food and shelter. You will soon have a family of birds living in your backyard if you provide those three things. They will provide you pleasure and entertainment every day.

It is best if you provide a variety of food. Birds like to eat insects, but also enjoy feeding on seeds and nuts. You do not have to provide these for them. If they have plenty of trees and other plants available it will naturally provide a food supply. Some of the best are sunflower, cranberry bushes and oak trees. These are just a few suggestions. Different types of bird feeders allow you to provide other seeds that they will enjoy.

For water, a natural stream or creek would be ideal; however this is not always a possibility. To solve the water problem, you can provide bird baths, fountains or even a man-made pond. The water source should be in an open area so the birds can watch out for predators like the neighborhood cat.

If you have a lot of trees and shrubs then shelter for your birds is taken care of. However, if this is not available in your backyard, you can provide bird houses to help protect the birds from the elements and also to create a safe nesting area. Remember, different birds like different types of housing, so make sure you choose the bird houses appropriately and place them far enough away so you do not cause a territorial fight between nesting families.

When it comes to creating a backyard bird habitat natural is best. However, when natural resources are not available, alternatives are better than nothing at all.

Molly has been writing about birds for over 10 years. Please visit her latest website about backyard birds at Best Bird Feeders, with information about finch bird feeders, as well as many more interesting backyard bird discussions.

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Perkins, Molly "Backyard Bird Habitat: Help Birds Live Naturally." Backyard Bird Habitat: Help Birds Live Naturally. 12 Jul. 2010. 20 Jul 2014 <>.

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