Autumn in Ohio brings many changes including the weather, the colors, and Ohio’s birdlife. September in the Buckeye State is the best month for sighting a wide variety of songbirds as they begin their yearly migration. That makes this time of the year the best time for birdwatching because you’ll be able to catch a look at species you wouldn’t normally see during the spring and summer.
Migration is hard work and these birds will be on the lookout for sources of food, water, and shelter. If all three of these essentials are provided for you will find your backyard transformed into a fall bird sanctuary.
Have A Variety of Food Options
Naturally, if you want to attract birds you want to have one or several feeders. The more you have the more species you can attract. That’s because different birds like to eat different things. For example, cardinals, sparrows, titmice, and chickadees prefer sunflower seeds. Bluebirds, cedar waxwings, and nuthatches prefer fruit, and blue jays, woodpeckers, and warblers just love blocks of suet. By providing a variety of different food options you will be able to attract many species of birds.
Don’t Forget Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds are the most unique of the birds that you will see in your yard. The mere sight of one is enough to grab your attention and steal your breath away. Attracting hummingbirds is not as easy as attracting other birds because hummingbirds only eat one thing, nectar. Luckily it’s easy to attract them with a hummingbird feeder using your own homemade batch of hummingbird nectar.
You may think of birdhouses as only being used in the spring to hatch new chicks, but birds continue to use birdhouses throughout the year as a shelter. In fact, you can purchase roosting boxes that are specifically designed for birds to roost in. Birds also enjoy roosting in bushes and evergreens such as spruces and pines that can protect them from the cold wind.
Access To Water
Water is vital to migrating birds who are constantly on the lookout from above for an easily obtainable source of freshwater. If you put up a birdbath you’ll be doing migrating birds a huge favor. Soon you will see birds chirping and splashing playfully as they recharge for the long flight still ahead.
Like humans, birds are attracted to attractive-looking landscapes. You can increase your chances of attracting fall birds by having a variety of native plants that birds enjoy roosting in or feeding from. Flowers and fruit trees also attract insects that birds love to prey on. Keep this in mind next spring when it’s time to plant the new garden.
If you follow all of the tips listed above your yard will soon become a regular stopover for migrating birds searching for a place to relax, refuel, and rest before they continue on their journey south. Good luck and happy birdwatching.
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