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In this Instructable I will go over 5 things that a birder needs to make his or her yard a bird haven. These things are: housing, feeders, habitat, water, and food.
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Step 1: Habitat

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Habitat is in my opinion the biggest factor for atracting birds. The reason i think this is because many people try and fail to attract birds to their house. When i see where their feeders and houses are i know why right away. Sometimes their feeders are right in the middle of a huge green field, making it hard for the birds to make it to the feeder without getting eaten by a hawk. It is very important to put your feeder where you have seen birds before. One of the best places to put a feeder is near brush, because it provides protection for the birds while they are feeding.

Step 2: Feeders

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The type of feeder that you need depends on a couple of factors. One of the factors is the size of the birds that you will be feeding. You don't want a small feed hole if you want to attract big birds.
Another factor is the type of feeder. Some places require special feeders, because of squirels that are a nuisance and scare all the birds away, but on the other hand, some places might not have squirels, so they can just use a regular feeder.
Finally, we have location. just like the house feeders should be near low hangin limbs where birds can wait for turns on the feeder. Fedder can either be hung on a ground feed, or on a low branch.
pnadal2 years ago
Thanks for sharing your information
Manabunga5 years ago
thank you so much for your advice! we have so many birds now! :)
irish death1 (author)  Manabunga5 years ago
Glad i could help! It's always good to know that the stuff i do works else where. :)
Yes, very interesting! Our backyard, which backs up to a very tree-y greenbelt, has a few birds, but also has squirrels and (our) cats. Any suggestions about best non-squirrel bird feeders so we can cultivate MORE birds?
irish death1 (author)  valhallasmine6 years ago
the best thing to probably use would be a droll yankee feeder.
Thank you for your advice! Like this?

there's another Instructable for a "finch" feeder that looks similar, using duct tubing. Hmm.

Iyer27116 years ago
This was fantastic ... and not just the indestructible, but also the pictures you have put up.. Thank you :-)
bunglesmate7 years ago
I have tried to use feeders near the ground/bushes etc. but ended up with more birds being eaten by cats waiting in ambush. I needed to move them out a bit to get the balance right between cover and open space.
Gahh!!! i was working on my own instructable just kile this. looks like you beat be to it though. Very well Done!
Awesome idea(s). Very detailed Instructable, nicely done.
Scammah7 years ago
Nice instructable. I'm looking into using some of these ideas this weekend.