Whenever you go outside what is the one type of wildlife you are most likely to see? Birds. No matter where you go in this world, apart from areas permanently covered in ice, you will see birds. Anytime of the day in any weather, in the city or in the countryside, there will be birds nearby, even if you can’t see them, you’ll probably hear them.
Birding is reported to be one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities all around the world, and it is your choice to where you go and watch them. Right now more than 70 million Americans enjoy feeding and watching birds from their backyard.
The easiest way to get started in Bird Watching is to bring the birds to your back yard, this allows you to see them up close.
Some ways you can attract birds into your garden include:
Proper bird feeding all year round.
- Growing specialised plants in your backyard to attract them.
- Provide nesting sites or a birdhouses.
- Provide them with water either through a bird bath or providing water specially in extreme weathers.
- Once you have attracted the birds you could get involved sketching them or trying to catch that perfect picture, or you could just sit back and enjoy bird songs.
Some of the basic tips for bird watching are:
Try to observe the birds so they don’t know you are there. Move slowly, make as little noise as possible, and keep your distance.
Going too close to a nest or repeatedly scaring a bird off its nest can cause the parents to abandon their nest leaving the eggs vulnerable to predators. On no account try to touch the eggs or the young birds as this can also cause the parents to abandon the eggs or chicks.
If you follow these simple tips birds will be attracted to your backyard and will keep coming back year after year.