How to Make Your Backyard a Bird Haven for Less Than $100
You could find bird watching to be an exciting activity like many Americans do. Possibly you are also considering how to attract frequent visits to your yard without breaking the budget by buying pricey feeders, greenery, and food. Here are some suggestions to assist you in creating a backyard paradise that will attract birds without breaking the bank.
1. Invest in a birdbath.
A sculpted concrete birdbath with lights and a waterfall may cost hundreds of dollars, while a plastic birdbath can cost as little as ten dollars. Water is a bird’s natural attraction, and the shimmer of the sun will draw them in by catching their eyes. As a result, both the plastic and pricey ones are functional. If you have a more admirable model, look for an excellent used birdbath at yard sales in your area. Budgeted sum: $10.
2. Invest in a birdfeeder that is squirrel-proof.
You may get a squirrel-resistant birdfeeder for about $25 and $30. The feeder doors close without harming the squirrels when they place their little paws on them. Birds may easily reach the feeder and eat lavishly because of their small weight. The food that will no longer be devoured and squandered by ravaging squirrels will cover the additional expense of the more costly feeder. Budgeted sum: $30.
3. Invest in the quality seed.
Most seeds are only filler, mainly if they are inexpensive. Spend a little extra money and buy black oil sunflower seed since a broad range of birds are drawn to it. Most home center retailers provide bags that weigh up to 50 pounds. You may start with a five-pound seed package and only spend approximately $6 on your first supply. Budgeted sum: $6.
4. Suit up.
Suet might be expensive, but buying in quantity can reduce the price of each block to about 70 cents. You should have to spend an additional $2–$3 on a suet holder. Place the suet away from the birdfeeder if possible, but not so far that you won’t see the “traffic” flying from the birdfeeder to the grease and then over to the birdbath. Budgeted sum: $12.
5. Offer Protection.
Unless your yard is entirely bare, there is probably already plenty of foliage there. Birds should be able to rest, survey your yard, and stay away from cats. Think about shifting the shrubbery to provide your feathered companions with a safe refuge. Budgeted amount: $0; if necessary, move shrubs with your strength!
Your birding program will cost you a total of $68. Keep the money you left over so you may buy more suet and sunflower seeds later. If you need reading material, look at the public library’s collection of birding books.
When everything is set up, you should start seeing birds immediately. They will come and eat the sunflower seeds if you live in an area where chickadees, house finches, cardinals, nuthatches, goldfinches, grosbeaks, bluejays, and titmice are common. You should expect frequent visits to your suet from wrens, nuthatches, and flickers.
In conclusion, you can transform your yard into a backyard paradise populated by the wonders of God’s feathered creations. You will be joining the majority of Americans who enjoy this popular pastime.