It doesn’t take much to get started as a backyard birder, but experienced birders quickly realize that some basic supplies can make cleaning and refilling feeders, attracting and identifying birds and enjoying a bird-friendly backyard easier and more convenient. While you may not want all 25 of these supplies for your backyard, a few extra items can help you enjoy your backyard birds even more.
1. FeedersWhile birds will come to visit yards with edible plants and nectar-rich flowers, specialized feeders offering different types of seed, suet and nuts will attract a wider range of species and offer birders a visible hotspot for bird activity.
2. BirdbathFrom simple basins to complex fountains, different types of birdbaths will attract more birds than food alone. Moving water is best, but any simple birdbath will be appreciated.
3. BirdhousesAdding a birdhouse or nesting box to your backyard gives birds an instant home to settle in. Choose a safe birdhouse design specialized for your backyard species to increase the chance of attracting avian residents.
4. Field GuideAs you attract more birds to your backyard, you’ll want to choose a comprehensive field guide suitable for your region. This book will be an invaluable resource for identifying all your feathered visitors.
5. BinocularsA simple pair of binoculars can help you observe backyard birds more closely, even if the feeders aren’t positioned near windows. Choose binoculars that allow clear focusing at close distances for the most effective backyard observations.
types of birdseed to offer, black oil sunflower seed is the most attractive to the greatest number of species and will draw in more visitors. Choose hulled seeds or chips if you want to avoid inadvertently growing seeds or hull debris on the lawn.