Birdwatching is your lifetime ticket to the theater of nature. Birding often involves a significant auditory component, as many bird species are more readily detected and identified by ear than by eye. Backyard bird watching is an inexpensive and relatively easy way to get involved in birding as a hobby.

Backyard bird watching is somewhat different in intensity and style than going out into the field to view the birds of the area. Backyard bird watching is a fun and enjoyable thing to do. Backyard bird watching is a calming hobby and may provide hours amusement where it’s done correctly. Backyard bird watching is a hobby that can be enjoyed by children as well as adults. Many folks find that backyard bird watching is a great way to get introduced to the activity.

Two factors influence birding, seasons and weather. The most active times of the year for birding in temperate zones are during the spring or fall migrations when the greatest variety of birds may be seen.

For avid an birdwatcher, or those who just wish to ask nature to be near a house, bird feeders set down a welcome mat for feathered guests. Wooden feeders have are a favorite and often beautiful, although practicality speaking the best bird feeders are made of plastic or metal materials since these hold up so well and are easy to wash. Good quality bird feeders can be taken apart easily for cleaning. Hummingbird feeders must be washed out more often than a seed feeder. I take my feeders apart and use my large laundry sink to thoroughly wash all the parts in warm soapy water before rinsing in the mild bleach bath. If you don’t have a large sink, a bathtub works well for this job if you have large feeders to clean. You can view several species of birds if you put up a variety of bird feeders placed in correct areas which will provide the birds suitable shelter. Be certain to protect birds by keeping your feeders clean.

There are 3 various styles of bird feeders: tray, hopper or tube. Tray feeders may be hung up by being suspended from trees or shepherd’s crooks, or bottom mounted on poles. The more popular foods to use in tray feeders are peanuts, wildlife mix or sunflower seeds. Hopper bird feeders appeal to both small and large birds, including the beloved northern cardinal. Tube bird feeders are cylindrical in form and usually have gaps which permit birds to get at the seeds. Tube bird feeders generally attract smaller woodland birds such as wrens, chickadees and titmice.

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