Abigail spotted this red headed bird yesterday in one of our trees. After looking in her bird guide, we think it is a Red-breasted sapsucker! They are only found in the western part of North America as far south as California. It was really cute with it’s red head!
A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to attend a class on ways to attract birds to your yard. It was a wonderful class and we had a really enjoyable time! I thought I would share a few things that we learned to help make your yard more bird friendly!
♥ Add more plants as a high plant diversity equals more bird species
♥ Choose native plants when you can
♥ Layering the plants will attract a greater variety of birds; It is best if you have tall trees, medium height trees and shrubs/bushes
♥ Use no pesticides if possible
♥ Add or keep snags
♥ Add a brush pile to help birds get away from cats
♥ Add water sources ~ they especially are attracted to moving water
We are having such a fun time looking for new birds to enjoy and hope to work around our property to make it more of a haven for them! I am finding that bird watching is such a simple pleasure that we can enjoy right here at home! We bought Abigail a small hummingbird feeder of her own for her birthday and she had her first hummingbird visit it today! It seems that one of the most common backyard birds for our area is the Dark-eyed Junco. I don’t know if I have ever seen one before so I will have to be on the lookout! Do you have any birds that are native to your area that you enjoy watching?
I hope you are enjoying a delightful day filled with simple pleasures and blessings! ♥