Birdwatching in Comfort in Your Own Backyard

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The backyard bird watching phenomenon is very popular with a select group of hobbyists.  It has some very real advantages as well as some drawbacks .  It allows for the chance to relax in ones own backyard without the need of tramping through fields and underbrush in search of  your avian objective .  If there are pesky bugs or crawling things , safety is just a few steps away back inside .

It often takes a bit of luck, skill and patience at times to find the rarer birds but actually is something anyone can do.  By attracting different birds into your yard it gets even easier to observe and record sightings .

For the enthusiasts the first thing is creating a garden conducive to attracting a selection of different birds .    But respect that birds are  a favorite of many cats.  It does absolutely no good to bring in birds only to have the cats kill them.  Carefully position your birdbaths or feeders to prevent a sneak attack.

Your backyard suited for birdwatching can be started by planting a selection of trees, flowers and shrubs . They provide different types of shelter, perches and food sources for the birds you want to watch .  Depending on which birds you want to appeal to your choice of plant materials will vary . Check a good book or the Internet for a list of what will appeal to the birds in your region. Don’t forget to offer food sources for wintering birds as well.  Some of the most rewarding backyard birdwatching sightings can be during the winter.

It is important to note that some varieties of plants can be poisonous to humans, be sure to   check with the nursery expert when choosing various plants and flowers for your backyard.

The next step in the bird watching backyard process is to have suitable feeders.  Like everything else that will attract them, different backyard birdfeeders are chosen by  different types of birds .  Again, a little time spent in research is in order .

When the landscape and food is in place, birds will come in to nest.  If you provide the right type of bird house, nesting birds will soon make their homes and might continue to come back year after year .  

Your bird watching passion is one that can stay with you year by year and is not limited by age.  Creating a haven for birds in your backyard is well worth the time and planning .

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