Create a Backyard Bird Sanctuary: Attracting Wild Birds to the Garden
Posted Jan 26 2011 2:09pm
I lingered for a few minutes today with my mug of hot tea, watching the birds on the feeder in the garden. I've always loved wild birds. Some of my earliest memories are of me in my stroller as a small child while my mother walked through Floral Park, and she would point out different birds and teach me their names. The bright cardinal, the raucous blue jay...my mother loved wildlife, and I'm grateful that she taught me that wild things have names, too. Later on during my teens, my dad erected a pole feeder in our tiny urban backyard. He'd sit in his bedroom window with binoculars and marvel over the birds. He kept an old marble-covered notebook on the windowsill and he's write down the names of the birds who visited the feeder. Many years later, he learned that he could tame the local chickadees to eat from his hands, and he'd call me downstairs to sit in the bedroom while he'd go outside and stand like a scarecrow with arms outstretched and sunflower seeds on the palms of his hands, and the chickadees would flutter down and perch nervously for a moment before flying off.
I've got mostly slate gray juncos feeding today in this wild weather, but they are still beautiful.
Learn more about creating a backyard bird sanctuary from my latest article, which includes lists of plants to add that birds love.
Click the link below to read the article - and enjoy!