If you create the right environment in your backyard, you can provide a safe haven for birds. The birds, instead of living somewhere harmful to humans and themselves, will be able to safely nest in your backyard.
Here are a few tips to lure them there.
First of all, do not use pesticides. The pesticides may kill the birds you are trying to attract.
If you've landscaped your home for energy savings, you probably have a few trees in your yards. The evergreen trees make a great year-round home for birds, especially those that have berries and seed-producing cones. You'll also want to grow deciduous trees that have berries, fruits or other possible bird eats.
Reduce the Size of Your Lawn
A big lawn does not make a bird-magnet. A large lawn can also consume a lot of time, money, water and lawn-mower gasoline. Planting shrubs or hedges or anything that provides cover for birds is preferable. Bird houses also work as cover.
Birds need water. Any shallow pool of water can provide birds water. A bird bath is a popular method of providing off-ground water to birds. Birds are vulnerable to cat and other predator attacks when they are on the ground. To keep the cats off your bird bath grow prickly plants along its base.
Birds are attracted to feeders. Feed them native seeds if possible. Exotic foods can give native birds digestion troubles. You can make your own using recycled plastic bottles. I did mine (see picture above)