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Attracting birds to your backyard is an enjoyable pastime. One learns quickly not
all songbirds are alike. Part of the fun is identifying different species and their
habits. Guidebooks and apps help with identification. A good guide illustrates plumage
of males, females, and juveniles, and distribution maps to narrow your options.
Studies indicate songbird populations are unaffected by availability of feeders for
survival. However, once feeding starts in winter months, individual songbirds can
become dependent on feeding stations, especially during inclement weather. If you start feeding birds in winter, continue to do so until native seeds and insects
become available. Consider discontinuing feeding during other times when natural foods are available
to reduce the risk of disease transmission between birds. Disinfect feeders regularly,
and scatter accumulated hulls and bird droppings under feeders to facilitate decomposition
and break disease cycles.
Bird feeders need to keep food fresh, dry, and accessible to birds while minimizing
disease transfer and unwanted guests, such as grackles, squirrels and raccoons. Some
sugar-water feeders are designed to minimize bees, wasps, and ants, which can drive
away hummingbirds or others you wish to attract. The feeder should also be easy to
clean frequently to keep birds healthy and prevent disease spread.
Determining the best design for a bird feeder depends on the type of birds you want
Following are examples of types of birds which are attracted to different seeds and
Salmonellosis and other diseases can be transmitted between birds. Regularly clean
feeders and bird baths once a week to prevent disease spread. Scrub baths and feeders
inside and out with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Disinfect with a 10% bleach
solution (9 parts water to 1 part bleach) either by soaking or spraying for 10 to
15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and allow feeder to air dry completely. Make sure all
bleach is removed as it could be harmful to birds. Use vinyl gloves and a mask for
protection and to reduce disease transmission to yourself, as people are sometimes
susceptible to these diseases. Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water when finished
Discard any uneaten or contaminated seed in your compost bin or trash.
Sweep or rake piles of seed hulls and spread around for drying in sunlight. This is
to prevent fungal growth and harborage of diseases.
To reduce the risk of disease transmission, and if cleaning feeders is a chore, consider
landscaping your yard with native plants which produce seeds, berries, and nectar
to attract birds.
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Few plants are deer proof, but some may be less appetizing.
Youth learn about songbirds and other critters in the Arkansas Wildlife Habitat Education
Dealing with wildlife can be a challenge.
Many practices can be used to improve your property for songbirds and other wildlife.
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