One of my favorite parts of Spring is the return of all the Chickadees, Robins, and Woodpeckers that frequent my backyard. Nothing beats opening my kitchen window and hearing their happy little tunes. :-)
I have always had a hummingbird feeder on my patio, but this season I’m upping my game and attempting to create a haven of sorts for my feathered friends. I’ve already added a few new bird-attracting elements like a pretty bird bath and this adorable DIY bird feeder that I found in Gardening for Birds & Butterflies Magazine. It’s made from an acorn squash! I’ve seen similar bird feeders made from apples or other fruits and veggies, but I was immediately attracted to this one because of beautiful shape of the squash. This project could not be easier!
Start with a raw acorn squash.
Cut a slice of the squash, about two inches thick.
Remove the seeds.
Slather one side of the squash with peanut butter. Be generous! :-)
Pour a bit of birdseed on a plate. Then dip the squash slathered in peanut butter in the bird seed.
If you want your backyard birds to really love you, you can also add a few pieces of dried fruit, such as cherries, to the bird seed mixture. :-)
Tie a piece of twine around the squash, hang it up in your backyard, and watch the birds flock to it!
Here are a few more tips for attracting your favorite feathered friends to your backyard…
- WATER! This is perhaps even more important than food if you want to attract feathered friends to your yard. Not all birds eat seeds/nuts, but all birds require fresh water. A well-placed bird bath, preferably with some running water noise, will serve you well.
- Different foods attract different birds. In my yard, we have a Hummingbird feeder (Hummingbirds, Orioles, Tanagers), a Suet cake (Woodpeckers, Wrens, Blue Jays), and a couple traditional seed tubes (Cardinals, Chickadees, Finches). Several companies have online guides that teach which seeds and foods to use to attract the birds you want to see.
- Multiple options, spread throughout your property, will make it easier for birds to find your yard. Keep feeders in a place that is relatively easy to find for passing birds. Birds are always on the look-out for predators as well, so putting feeders in the open will make them feel much safer.
- Plant Purple Coneflowers and Sunflowers. Both create seeds that birds just love!
- The more shelter and perching options, the more that birds will feel safe to become your long-term neighbors. Birdhouses and trees are simple solutions, but even brush piles and shrubs can be safe havens for all kinds of backyard birds.
How do you welcome birds to your backyard?