Bird houses and bird feeders not only offer the very best nesting conditions for small songbirds such as blue tits or house sparrows, they also offer optimum protection. Whether hung in a tree, mounted to the wall of your home or fastened to the balcony, the bird feeder and bird house are true eyecatchers.
When spring comes around, even the birds get a touch of spring fever and the male birds start ruffling their feathers for their courtship displays, so now is the perfect time for all you bird lovers to hang up your nesting boxes. Not only will a colourful bird house attract tits, sparrows & co. to your garden, but it will also make an attractive and playful accessory for your garden or balcony.
A home for birds on your balcony or in your garden
The majority of birds you will find in your garden start building their nests in April. These nests serve first and foremost to protect the eggs the birds have laid, but they also protect the fledglings once the eggs have hatched. Nowadays, however, it is getting increasingly difficult for garden birds such as blue tits or house sparrows to find material they can use to build their nests. Hanging up nesting boxes is a way for animal lovers to offer birds a safe place to nest and breed. And if you don’t want to buy a nesting box, you can simply make your own. Make sure you look for water-resistant, durable materials – oak or larch wood boards are a good bet. Nesting boxes for sparrows or tits should be suspended from a height of between one and a half and three metres.
Large birds and small birds – what they need
The size of the hole determines which kinds of birds can move into the nesting box. A hole with a diameter of around 27mm is big enough for tits, whereas sparrows need a slightly bigger hole with a diameter of approximately 33mm. As soon as the resident birds have flown the nest after the breeding season, you will need to clean the nesting box. Simply remove the nesting material with gloves and use a brush to clean and wash away any remnants.
When people decide they want to put a bird house up to offer a warm place for birds to stay during the winter, they don’t usually think about which kinds of birds will find it a suitable home. Tits, sparrows & co. have different needs when it comes to the bird house they will be staying in for the winter. And not only do the size and shape of the entrance hole determine the residents of the bird house, but the design also plays an important role here. The colourful LANDHAUS bird house will provide a happy home for most of the species of birds you will find in your garden.
But semi-hole breeders such as blackbirds, wrens and robins prefer a secure hideout with a good view, so bird houses with a full-length slit that gives them an all-round view are the homes they like moving into the most. Blue tits aren’t fans of too much sun; they prefer bird houses that are mounted in the shade, both during the sunny summer months and in winter. Swifts and swallows aren’t keen on classic bird houses. There are special nesting aids for these kinds of birds, and they can be mounted just under the roof on the wall of building. So when choosing a bird house, it is important to consider the different features and qualities if you want to attract a certain kind of bird.
Robins, sparrows & co. – what do they like to eat?
Whether you end up with a bird house or a villa depends on the food you provide. For those who want to buy a bird feeder, there’s no longer any need to wait for the start of winter. Due to the declining numbers of garden song birds, experts recommend providing food for your chirping visitors all year round. Food is another important factor that determines which kinds of birds will visit your bird house. Almost all birds enjoy eating the usual fat balls, energy cakes and sunflower seeds available from shops, so these make particularly popular choices. If you fancy welcoming robins to your garden, try adding some wild seeds and oatmeal to the feed. Cherry stones and apple seeds can also attract sparrows in late summer. Alternatively, bird feeders can also act as a refreshing drinking trough or bath during the summer months when the temperatures are high.
Another important thing to remember is never to clean a bird house with chemical products; doing so could put the feathered residents at risk of consuming toxins. Providing the right food for the birds means your garden will not only become vibrant thanks to the colourful bird houses on display, but also due to the different kinds of birds that find their way into your garden.