There are so many reasons why to attract birds to your garden but we have two favorites:
- Birds eat insects, and
- Birds eat the seeds of unwanted weeds.
What's not to love about that?
During the spring, birds devour thousands of insects to feed their babies which in part helps to manage pests like aphids, mosquitos and spiders... and to that we say, thank you very much!
Birds that get their protein fix from insects include:
Fun fact: Although not a bird, bats are able to consume over 1,000 mosquitoes in just one hour!
How birds contribute to your garden...
Seed eating birds like sparrows and finches contribute to the health of your garden by eating the seeds of weeds that you don't want spread around.
Additionally, many species of birds also play an important role in pollination—especially hummingbirds. Without hummingbirds some of our nectar producing flower species would eventually die out and become extinct. And, of course, watching hummingbirds as they perform their important role is just absolutely fascinating.
3 Ways to Attract More Birds to Your Garden:
All you need to do is simply provide:
You will have to decide what types of birds you want to attract and then supply the appropriate food. Hummingbird feeders are a beautiful addition to any garden and are simple to keep filled.
Additionally, birds need water and are attracted to water features such as small fountains, bird baths, bubblers and misters. Moving water will entice feathered friends from far away and give them a reason to stop and investigate.
Birdhouses provide good shelter and will increase the chance that birds will want to make your garden their home. The size of the birdhouse itself and the entrance hole will attract specific species.