Mounds has what you need to keep your feathery companions singing.
Stop in and check out our selection of domestic bird food and supplies:
Mounds carries everything to suit all back yard birders and wildlife enthusiasts.
Chances are, we have what you need to turn your yard into a bird feeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home, while benefiting wild birds and the environment:
Tips for Attracting Birds to Your Back Yard
One of the most important factors in attracting birds to your yard is to offer a variety of foods. Choose different feeders for the different seeds; this will help reduce wasted seed. Birds will toss unwanted seeds out of a feeder to get to their favorite seeds. Fill your feeder before it gets empty – birds will search for a reliable food source, so if your feeder stays full, they will stay close by. Place the feeder in a location that is easily visible to you from inside or outside of the house.Purchasing specialty feeders that allow only “select” birds to feed will discourage unwanted birds and pests, letting you enjoy the birds you want to see.Look for feeders with drainage holes in the bottom of both the feed hopper and the seed tray. This will allow seeds and bird droppings to pass through.Store your bird food in a tight container so mice and other rodents don’t get into it. Mice can carry diseases that can be passed on to birds. Discard food that smells musty, is wet, or has mold or fungus growing on it.Pick a location that is easy to get to for refilling and cleaning. No matter which type of feeder you choose, there tends to be discarded seed shells, picked through seeds, and bird droppings.
Birds like to be able to have an easy escape from predators. Place your feeder near bushes, trees, plants or tall grass so they can quickly hide.
Some windows present problems for birds. Either put the feeder directly up to the window or considerable distance away. When a bird is feeding and gets frightened, the further away the window, the less likely it is for the bird to fly into the window and become injured.
Cats love birds. Place your feeder in a spot where your cat can see the birds, but where he cannot reach them.
Squirrels are a big problem for feeders. The best advice is to buy a feeder with a baffle, or try placing the feeder where the squirrel will have trouble getting to it, such as on a pole or against the house.
Birds need water for drinking and bathing. Supplying a water source in your yard will keep the birds coming back. You can use something as simple as a bird bath or a shallow dish, or something as grand as a back yard pond. Birds will use water if it is at ground level, but they are more apt to use something that is above ground for a better view of predators and a quick escape. Whatever you use, it shouldn’t have high sides. It should be dull or neutral in color, rough on the bottom, and should only be 1″ to 3″ deep. Keep the water source clean, which will help discourage the spread of diseases.
For more great tips, feeders and seed, visit your local Mounds location.