how to attract birds without trees

Watching birds is a great hobby the whole family can enjoy. Watching bears destroy your bird feeders isn’t nearly as much fun. You can’t blame the bears; the average seed feeder can hold a whopping 18,000 calories in a handy carry-out container. Hummingbird feeders are like energy drinks for bears.

Bears are naturally shy and wary of people. But once they get a big food reward for overcoming their natural reluctance to hang around humans, they often go exploring for more treats. This can create problems for both people and bears.

What should someone who cares about the birds AND the bears do? BearWise recommends you remove bird feeders when bears are active and focus on other ways to attract birds to your yard. Here are some proven and effective ways to attract birds without having to feed them.

I frequently see birds flying about in the backyards beyond our building, but naturally I never see them anywhere near or alongside my actual building. Is there any chance of me getting birds if I were to put out seed and an electric bird bath? I AM familiar with the ins and outs of seed, bird feeders, etc. (At one point, I had my own backyard and was quite good at drawing birds to my feeders.) I simply don’t know how birds would learn that I have seed and water available in this specific location, and since they typically don’t fly anywhere close to my building, Or do birds possess a remarkable sense of smell, enabling them to detect the seed in some way?

I have a fourth-floor balcony and live in an urban area. There are no trees per se alongside my building. My balcony looks out over a parking lot. Past that, the closest yards featuring trees and shrubs are er� 30 yards from our building?.

I am aware that the sound of flowing water can draw birds, but once more, I don’t believe the sound could be loud enough for the birds to hear when they are about thirty yards away from my building.

Add a Water Feature

Birds need fresh water to drink and bathe, and are always on the lookout for dependable sources. Adding a simple bird bath, a fountain or a small pool with a bubbler to your garden is a sure-fire attractant. There are even water features that can be hung like a feeder. Birds are attracted to the sound of moving water; add a few flat “bathing” stones for birds.

Places for perching and hiding from predators are necessities for birds. You can easily observe the birds and get perches and shelter from small branching trees and bushes. Hummingbirds will have a spot to perch if you add a colorful windchime or other decoration to your garden.

Conservationists recommend planting native plants, flowers, bushes, vines, trees and evergreens to provide birds with food and shelter from predators and bad weather. An added benefit for us: native plants are often easier to care for than non-native plants. TIP: Avoid pesticides; many birds rely on insects for a big part of their diet.

Brightly colored, trumpet-shaped and tubular flowers attract hummingbirds. Asters, marigolds, sunflowers, and coneflowers all yield seeds that birds enjoy eating. Birds that consume fruits and berries are drawn to the many lovely bushes and flowering trees. Nurseries can assist you in selecting native plants that are beneficial and thrive in your area.

Get Plant Recommendations by Zip Code: The Audubon Society’s Native Plants Database contains thousands of plants; just enter your zip code and you’ll get a selection of Best Choices for your area, along with photos, local resources and next steps. Your local chapter of the Audubon Society may be able to recommend experts who can help. And the Pollinator Partnership offers regional planting guides and zip code recommendations.

FAQ

How do I attract birds to my yard without trees?

The most effective way to attract many different species of birds to your yard is to offer a wide variety of food sources including seeds (especially black oil sunflower seeds), suet, nuts, jelly, sugar water (for hummingbirds) and fruits.

What attracts birds the most?

Birds love fruits, nuts, and seeds, so grow them in your garden. For fruits, plant beautyberry, pyracantha, Eastern red cedar, viburnum, hawthorn, sumac, palm, crabapple, serviceberry, dogwood, bayberry, persimmon, black gum, holly, and wax myrtle.

Where do you hang bird feeders without trees?

Window Mounting Many people prefer to hang hummingbird feeders near a window so they can see the energetic and tiny hummingbirds visiting the feeder. You can also get seed feeders that work well on or near windows. Both feeders bring birds close to you and make them easier to see.