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7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Garden Birds

Many people like to put wild bird food out in their gardens. This is a great way for them to get some great birds to drop by and visit as they enjoy the local weather. In this article, we’ll look at 7 fun facts you didn’t know about those garden birds you enjoy, so break out the bird food, and learn more about these amazing creatures.

1. Every year in addition to the wild bird food they find, blue tits will bring their young hatchlings more than 9,000 caterpillars to consume. In fact, the breeding of this species occurs at the same time caterpillars begin to make their presence known in the area.

2. When migrating, swallows begin their migration, they will fly at about 18mph. Over the course of the day, they will cover more than 175 miles. More importantly this is all done during daylight. At the end of the day, they will enjoy some bird food and rest in the dark.

3. Robins and wrens are the strangest nesters you will find. If there is an odd place for them to build their nest, you can be certain they will pop up there. This will include greenhouses, shed, and even in clothing if it is left on the line too long.

4. Blackbirds tend to take separate vacations during the winter from their mates. But don’t think this means they forget who the love. In the spring they will always return to their regular partner to hatch a new set of birds each year.

5. Robins are one of the only birds that will sing year round. They will also be the first to sing their song first thing in the morning, and be the last one to sing at night. The only break they take it when they find some wild bird food. What is even more interesting, if they are awoken in the night, they will sing again even in the dark.

6. Starlings are among some of the most incredible garden birds you will find. They can actually copy perfectly the sounds of other animals. These birds have been known to mimic machines, frogs, mammals and other birds in their normal songs.

7. Another great thing about Robins is the way they care for all birds. If they find a chick that appears hungry, they will actually go and find it some food and feed it be the chick’s parents return for it. This is one of the most amazing things you can find in the realm of birds.

With so many different birds to fill your garden, who knows what species you will see. While you are watching them, be sure to keep your distance. Since most garden birds are skittish, they might fly off if you approach them too quickly.

How to Attract Bluebirds

Attracting bluebirds involves more than just setting out a bluebird house. Yes, a great house is crucial, but there are many other ways to entice our bluebird friends to visit. Here are just a few tips to bring those bluebirds to your yard .

Water is the essential . Make water available all the time because, like most thrushes, bluebirds bathe with great enthusiasm and are readily attracted to water. Most of the time a simple birdbath will do the job. A key is to place the bath close to a perching site, so the birds can preen after their dip. Offer them a bite to eat, as well .  What are their favorite foods? You got it – insects!   So start off by offering mealworms on a platform or in a bluebird feeder. Suprisingly, Mealworms are a 50% protein bird food and a great source of nourishment.

You can offer meal worms in almost any container, but be advised –  the many types of bird who love them will eat you out of house and home. The best solution for both bluebirds AND budgets is a good bluebird feeder . Birds have to go through an entrance hole to find the mealworms,  and there are not that many other birds who will do this other than bluebirds.

You may have to experiment with different methods of presenting the mealworms before the birds learn to visit on a steady basis. The results are well worth any wait because bluebirds in residence can be trained to respond to a call or whistle that signals a recently filled birdfeeder.

One more thing — bluebirds love perches within sight of their house so they have a clear view when they scan the ground for insects. Small trees pruned for an clear line of sight will take care of this . Even tomato stakes with horizontal top pieces also do the trick as well .

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