Watching wildlife is such a rewarding and enjoyable activity. A few years ago, I set up a backyard wildlife sanctuary/feeding station. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. The wildlife benefit and I get to watch them. Basically, all you need is food and water. It reminds me of the quote from Field of Dreams. “If you build it, they will come.”
Birds, butterflies, bumble bees, chipmunks, squirrels and wild turkeys frequent my feeding area. Black oil sunflower seeds seem to attract the most. It appears as though they are popular with many species. I also use a wild bird food mix. Suet is another important component, especially in winter time. However, I have seen many birds use it to teach their babies to eat in the spring and summer. Woodpeckers also love suet.
Water is just as important as food. With the exception of winter time, I have three birdbaths. Two are elevated and one is on the ground. The one on the ground is used primarily by the squirrels, chipmunks and mourning doves.
I put rocks in the one on the ground so that the chipmunks have something to climb on if they fall in. You want to make sure that the water dishes you use are shallow.
When it comes to feeding, I have found that all the wildlife seem to prefer open, flat surfaces. I use hanging bird feeders with trays that the small birds can land on.
Fortunately there is a stone wall that edges my feeding area. I spread sunflower seeds along the top of the wall. The wall is very popular with everyone.
The suet holders hang from my grape arbor and the birds really like that. I keep two different types of suet out at a time.
There is also an old cart that I use. It’s not very attractive but it is functional and easy to clean. As you can see, the Turkeys really enjoy it. As do all the birds.
Hanging from a tree, is a squirrel feeder with a squirrel log and sunflower seeds on it.
The potted plants and flowers provide cover for them. The willow tree and arbor provide places for the birds to land. I also have a few bird houses hanging around the yard. We live in a wooded area with an open field so there is plenty of room and resources for the wildlife that we attract.
Over the years, I have observed the animals and made changes to the area to suit their needs. In return, they provide me with a lot of pleasure.