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Welcome to wildbirdhouse.com! We are a site for bird enthusiasts of every type. Birds bring vibrancy and life into any yard they visit. The best way to lure birds into your yard is to provide for their basic necessities of life: shelter, food and water. You can do this with birdhouses, bird feeders and bird baths. There is an amazing variety of birds, and their dietary and housing needs change greatly depending on the species. We have the information to help you choose the right bird house, feeder and feed for the species you most want to attract.
The first rule of thumb with birdhouses is that size matters. There are two components to this rule: the size of the overall bird house and the size of the opening. Of the two, the size of the opening is the more crucial measurement. Birds are territorial animals, and the largest bird that can comfortably live in a house will usually claim the house as their own. Minute differences in size really start to make a difference.
For example, the Purple Martin was once a dominant species in North America. The introduction of the slightly larger European Starling caused a struggle for nesting space. Because the starling was slightly larger than the martins, they gradually won out over time, and Purple Martin populations have gone into decline. Martin conservation efforts have focused on constructing Purple Martin wild birdhouses which have openings of 2-1/8" that are just big enough for the martin, but are too small for fully grown starlings to get in. This ensures that the martins have living space that isn’t taken over by the more dominant starlings.
Some species of birds are more easily attracted by placing bird feeders with the right type of feed than man-made birdhouses. Hummingbirds are a perfect example of this type of bird. Hummingbirds are a fascinating species that live mostly on nectar. They have an amazingly high metabolism, and must eat every ten to twenty minutes in order to stay alive. Placing a hummingbird feeder in your yard will certainly attract them.
Cardinals are another great example of birds that are attracted to our bird feeders, but not to our birdhouses. Cardinals prefer to build their own houses out of twigs, wool, feathers and small pieces of fabric. We can help the cardinals by providing these construction materials in our yard, so they build their own nests in nearby bushes and shrubs. The cardinals will be attracted to any stationary feeder especially if it is filled with their favorite sunflower seeds. Since cardinals do not migrate, we can help them in the winter by providing a heated bird bath with an unfrozen source of water.
There are a myriad other idiosyncrasies for bird species, and here you will find information on how to attract and care for different species of wild birds and the materials you need to make those ideas a reality. Whether you want bare bones wild birdhouses or luxurious decorative ones; whether you want to invest in bird feeders or just need to stock up on suet, nectar, or other feed - WildBirdHouse.com has you covered.
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