How can I create a bird friendly habitat?

Locate Feeders at Different Levels

Juncos and sparrows usually feed on the ground, while finches and cardinals feed in shrubs, and chickadees, titmice and woodpeckers feed in the trees.

Use Suet to Attract Insect Eating Birds

Suet attracts birds such as woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and titmice.

Offer a Variety of Seed in Different Feeders

A variety of seeds will attract the greatest variety of birds. To avoid waste, offer different seeds in different feeders. Black oil sunflower seed appeals to the greatest number of birds.

See chart for tips on using a specific food to attract a specific bird.

Provide a Source of Fresh Water

Birds need to drink and bathe, so provide fresh water on a daily basis.

Locate Bird Feeders Next to Native Plants

Native plants provide potential nesting sites and a source of natural food, while providing cover in inclement weather.

Clean Feeders

Empty and clean your feeder twice per year with dish detergent and then rinse with a 10% non-chlorine bleach solution. Rinse well and dry in the sun. In the early spring, rake up spilled grain and sunflower hulls.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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