Do You Like To Attract Wild Birds Into Your Garden?

A Robin - A robin perching in a tree.
@Darkwing (21590)
June 29, 2007 10:46pm CST
I love to watch wild birds in my garden especially in the winter time. I have a bird table, an angel shaped bird feeder, a bird bath, and a Christmas tree on which I hang fat, seed and nut filled coconuts, and shaped bird seeds with honey. The birds flock to the garden. There are blue t1ts, robins, sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes, starlings, great t1ts, crows and even a green woodpecker visit my garden. Sparrows have even come onto my window ledge and peered through the window! lol. Do you like to attract wild birds to your garden, and if so, what type of attractions do you use and what type of birds have you seen visiting your garden?
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@shelagh77 (3643)
30 Jun 07
Well, I do like to have birds in my garden, and we have trees, and we are going to have feeders etc by the winter. However, I don't actually NEED to attract them because I also have magpies and crows which have turned up all on their own without any invitation and they seem quite settled without all the little nesting boxes and treats we have lined up for them. They are terrifically noisy too. However, we have been blessed with several really tiny sparrows hopping up to us before being rescued by their mother. We also have half the town's cats in our garden for some reason but apart from two they all leave the birds alone.
@Darkwing (21590)
1 Jul 07
Hmmmmmm, I wonder why all the cats are in your garden... all that nice, juicy crow meat, no doubt. The only trouble with crows and magpies is that they bully the smaller birds out of the food. Sparrows can get crafty and nick it from under their beaks, flying off to a highish hedge with it, but they're greedy little wotnots. Brightest Blessings.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
1 Jul 07
Nah! The crows are too crafty for the cats lol. They are in our garden because we are cat stooooopid and they know they are welcome. I love it when sparrows do that, I have seen it often :-) Considering the number of cats we have in the garden we don't have many feathered casualties, thank goodness. Perhaps there is enough for everyone here.
@Darkwing (21590)
10 Jul 07
Perhaps, yes. I went out to hang my washing the other day and there was a pile of feathers, looking like either a female blackbird, or a thrush, on the lawn. I guess one of them came to a sad end. :(
@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
30 Jun 07
I dont attract wild birds to my garden, mainly because of the dog. I do love them though. We have some beautiful birds in our area. Rosella's, cockatoos, galahs to name a few. The rosella's especially are so colourful. Best wishes to you, darkwing
@Darkwing (21590)
30 Jun 07
Wow, I've seen most of those birds in the sanctuary. How lovely it must be to have birds like that around. Brightest Blessings, Kay.
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@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
1 Jul 07
Yes, it is great to have them around. When we go to Queensland, we usually go to Steve Irwins zoo, and they have a magnificent bird show that they do. They fly all over the crocoseum, where they hold all their shows, and into the grandstands near people. There are some beautiful birds, like eagles, toucans, macaws, and others i dont know the names of. But it is a truly awesome show to see. best wishes to you
@Darkwing (21590)
2 Jul 07
Wow... that sounds quite exhilarating! There are some magnificent birds there, it seems. Brightest Blessings.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
30 Jun 07
I love watching them in the Park as long as they don't fly when I am close by lol I used to love watching them in my Garden in Doncaster but always kept the Distance as you have witnessed I do not like them when they fly
@Darkwing (21590)
30 Jun 07
Wild birds won't fly too close to you Gabs, especially the smaller ones. Crows are scaredy cats! You only have to make a shhhhhheeeeew noise and they're gone. Blackbirds are possibly a little bit more tame, but they're usually on the ground, and robins make friends with you. xx
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
30 Jun 07
Oh thats ok then I am sure Gissi would appreciate the new Friends to
@Darkwing (21590)
1 Jul 07
Yes, I think he'd like to try and jump up and reach them. lol. xx
@crosa125 (1484)
30 Jun 07
my dear i love to see any kind of bird in my garden but they can't even come too close to my house....just because of my dog,he won't let them!!!!i love birds that much, it made me to try to teach my dog how to fly and sh** in next door garden but he is too stupid to learn
@Darkwing (21590)
1 Jul 07
Ha ha ha ha ha... I can just imagine that happening! You've reduced me to tears of laughter, my friend. Brightest Blessings.
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@crosa125 (1484)
1 Jul 07
oh yeah,have i?
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
30 Jun 07
When we tried to reseed grass we got lots of birds but only the normal ones that come to my yard all the time I do nothing to attract them I think they come to get water when I water. Get Ravens doves what I call a song bird and wrens. Once in a great while humming birds
@Darkwing (21590)
1 Jul 07
I like humming birds, but I've never seen one in this country. Maybe when you seed the grass next... or if you do, you should put a dish of seed especially for the birds, then they might leave your grass alone. Brightest Blessings, my friend. x
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
1 Jul 07
Got to tell that to son in law I buy he seeds
@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
30 Jun 07
Because we have a swimming pool, we don't really like to attract the birds to our garden. They poop all over our pool. Not nice at all. But I do like to see different birds. We usually see the old black birds and morning doves, but sometimes we see some cute finches, blue jays and the odd cardinal.
@Darkwing (21590)
30 Jun 07
Do you not cover your pool when it's not in use, Pat? It might save you from the worst of the birds' droppings. I love finches.. they're so small and pretty. I like wrens too but very rarely see them in the garden. Brightest Blessings.
@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
1 Jul 07
We used to put the solar blanket on the pool at night but it became too much of a hassle. Besides, that doesn't stop the birds from pooping on the blanket or the rim of the pool.
• Canada
9 Jul 07
We dont have much of a garden for the birds, due to the fact we have a very small front and back yard. but every year all year long we put out feed for the birds, usually we have 2 bird feeders out front and 2 out back, but this spring, we actually doubled that. Its been so hot and dry here that there isnt much growing ...seems like the birds are starving. we have to fill all the bird feeders every morning and every night. (it gets a little costly...lol) but we love to see them out there and our cats love to try to sit in the windows watching them. Our cockatiels sing to the birds as they eat...lol.
@Darkwing (21590)
10 Jul 07
Wow... that's a lot of bird feeders to fill. Yes, they get to know where the feeders are, and visit regularly and I'll swear they bring several new visitors back with them each time. lol. Brightest Blessings.
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@weemam (13389)
9 Jul 07
I love to feed the birds , I have bird feeders all over the place , we have robins ,thrush ,magpie , blackbirds , seagulls and pigeons and lots more , I have camera footage of some somewhere too , I always throw any food we have left on the table out for them too , they all love baked beans lol , xx
@Darkwing (21590)
10 Jul 07
Lol... I throw out cake crumbs and bacon rind too. They like a bit of fat occasionally. Brightest Blessings. xx
• China
1 Jul 07
I like watcing wild birds in park, but do not like them visit my garden. It is trouble to clean it.
@Darkwing (21590)
10 Jul 07
You have a paved garden? I have a natural one, so don't have to worry about the cleaning problem. Brightest Blessings.
• United States
1 Jul 07
WE get a lot of bluejays and mourning doves at our feeders, along with our fair share of sparrows and even a few cardinals. I love feeding the birds all year round.
@Darkwing (21590)
1 Jul 07
Me too. It sounds as though they quite like the gift too! lol. You have an interesting variety of birds there. Brightest Blessings.
@raydene (9875)
• United States
30 Jun 07
I don't put out feeders but I do grow plants and bushes that attract butterflies and birds.I also have bird houses out and bluebird boxes. We feed our horses grain and some always gets spilled so the birds come and clean it up.I do like to watch them.We have ospreys and eagles near us and the blue herons fly over on their way to our pond. xoxoxo
@Darkwing (21590)
30 Jun 07
Wow... a nice collection of birds, too. I envy you those, Raydene. I have lobelia trees, lavender and honeysuckle which the birds and butterflies like, and the sparrows next in the Christmas tree at the bottom of the garden. :) Stay strong my friend, and Brightest Blessings, love and hugs to you.