Houston, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/07/2014 -- Soon the birds will return! Spring and summer are just around the corner so it won't be long until bird lovers are once again welcoming some migrating feathery friends into backyards everywhere.
Expect to hear the familiar sounds of goldfinches, martins, larks, hummingbirds, sparrows and swallows along with a variety of other bird species.
To maximize the numbers and attract a wider range of birds into garden in the warmer weather, the folks over at Backyard Babble have some advice for backyard bird feeders.
Marie Sutton a company spokesperson said, "To attract birds into any garden or yard, its important to build a backyard for birds. It so happens that people enjoy gardens for birds as well!"
1. Take a look at the range of plants and shrubs already in the garden. Decide if they are bird friendly enough, or if there is a need to do a spring planting. Annual flowers are perfect to draw birds as they provide a haven for insects and also produce seeds which the birds can harvest in the fall.
Always try try include some red colored flowers for one of the garden favorites; hummingbirds. Look for bushes with berries for other types of birds and even some "grass" type plants which can provide seeds, nesting material and some shelter.
2. Decide on a plan of action to keep all family pets inside or at least away from the place where birds congregate..
3. Wash any bird feeders to freshen them and remove any stains, dirt or other contaminants. Just use warm soapy water and nothing else. Once they are clean, rinse with fresh water. It is important not to use chemicals of any kind (especially on wooden feeders). Wooden bird feeders can absorb chemicals, so keep it clean and green.
4. Be sure to put all hummingbird feeders out early. Even though these lovely birds migrate over long distances, artificial food sources can provide a source of energy not just for the local population, but also act as a stopover for birds migrating further north. The reverse applies in the fall.
Once flowers of red begin blooming in the spring, they will be there.
5. Freshen up bird baths and keep them topped up.
6. Install some bird houses. Some species (especially wrens, bluebirds and purple martins) will readily use a bird house. In addition, some nesting material like feathers, twigs and so on placed in a convenient location will keep the birds in the yard.
ABOUT AND CONTACT:
Company: MSutt Inc.
Contact: Marie Sutton, Media Officer