I have always loved watching birds starting back when I was a kid. My mom used to have a bird feeder in the side yard of our row type house in a small town which was in the middle of many factories. The feeder attracted a lot of birds, mainly brown headed cowbirds, northern cardinals, and some blue jays. My mom, I believe, was really only trying to get the cardinals as they were her favorite. I liked them too but there is something about the blue jay that fascinates me even more.
As I grew older and married, my husband, Jeff and I moved to a two-story house in the city where we lived on the first floor. Of course I had to have my own bird feeder outside the window which pretty much attracted the same birds as my mom did. Little did I know that after moving to our very first home on six and a half acres which was mostly wooded, that there actually was a much better variety of birds out there to attract. It took a while but my husband and I started learning that if you put different types of bird seed in the feeding stations, you attract more varieties of birds. Consequently, over time, my husband and I have gotten quite a few different species of birds to our backyard feeders.
For example, if you want to attract woodpeckers, having nuts in the ingredients will definitely bring them in as well as having a suet feeder with peanut butter and sunflower seeds (they love them). There are a few different types of woodpeckers in our area of southwestern Ohio too, which I never realized until they came in to the feeders. Such as the Pileated, Hairy, Downy, Northern Flicker, Red-bellied (photo below) and Yellow bellied Sapsucker. Other birds also like nuts and also different dried fruits, sunflower, safflower and on and on. You just need to know which birds are attracted to which seeds.
Twenty two years later Jeff and I ended up moving across the river into Kentucky to a subdivision due to work relocation. It is a much different habitat than the six and a half wooded acres that we used to have for sure. So consequently, it has taken us a few years to attract the wide variety of bird species to our backyard that we are used to. We started by landscaping with certain flowers, shrubs, and trees that helps attract different varieties in. We also provided water sources such as bird baths that the birds need year round. We placed bird houses in some trees to provide the cavity nesting birds like the wrens, chickadees, and swifts places to raise their young and for retreating to during bad weather. Plus we added a few bird feeders to attract different species of birds. We're finally getting some good birds to our yard now! The photo below is that of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It's pretty isn't it!
So as you can see attracting birds to our backyard is a passion that my husband and I both have had for quite a few years now. We thought it would be a great idea to help other bird lovers out by opening up this store, "Love The Birds!" to help you get started attracting birds to your own yard. We want you to be able to enjoy them as much as we do.
You will find many types of bird feeders, bird baths, and fountains that will really work well for you. AND if you ever have any questions about what you should buy for your own yard, don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help you. Send us a message and we will respond as quickly as possible. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for visiting us and Happy Birding!
Jeff and Donna Rowe