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Wildlife In Your Backyard
My family and I have a simple but pleasant setup of bird feeders right in our backyard. Having wildlife activity right outside our kitchen windows has always been a delightful source of entertainment during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
To start off, be sure to look out your windows and search for where you see the most birds, most often. Wherever this is, is where you will be setting up your feeders. Some of the most preferable places are somewhere with shade (like large trees) and small amounts of human activity or really anything that could make them uncomfortable (roads or active outdoor pets)
The first things to buy are items that you can get from your local Wal-Mart or Tractor Supply:
You’ll need a regular bird feeder like the one below:
As you can see, it has a loop on the top, which gives you the freedom to hang it wherever you please. *Don’t forget, there are many do it yourself bird feeder crafts out there that you can put to the test with your recycled items if you would like to limit the price of this process.
This item is optional, however I do suggest it. If you don’t have a nearby tree or you would just like to see the birds up close, this item can be very useful!
So the next part takes a slight bit of research! I don’t know where you live, but you do. To get the right birdseed, it is important to know what birds are in your area, so simply look that up, and then browse around Wal-Mart and locate the correct birdseed.
Now all you do is fill up your feeder, place it in your designated area, grab some binoculars, sit back and wait. If you have never had any sort of food available to birds, then it can take a little while for the birds to get comfortable with the new addition to your yard. But once one bird decides to ‘go for it’ all of the other birds in hiding will realize that the feeder is well, just a feeder!
So now that there are birds coming and enjoying your food, it’s time for the next addition! Water! This one does take a little work because water bowls don’t only attract birds. They attract bacteria and algae, so you’ll need to change the water about once every one or two weeks.
Now, what will you use for the water? If you really want to get into this wildlife business, I would definitely buy a classic bird bath:
But if you just want some water around, I would suggest a thick plastic dog bowl. Make sure that the rims allow birds to easily perch on, and that the water is not too deep.