Birdwatching can be a fun and relaxing hobby. When you live in the middle of the city, it can sometimes be the only exposure to nature that you get on a daily basis. Even in a city like Denver that is surrounded by beautiful outdoor spaces, it can still be hard to find the time to get out and enjoy the natural world.
Setting up a backyard birdwatching station can be a great way to get around this problem. With the right kinds of birdfeeders and seed, you can draw in a variety of different birds. Being able to see these beautiful creatures up close directly outside of your window can be a lot of fun. If you want, you can even take photographs of them or try drawing them to exercise the creative and artistic part of your brain.
Ideally, when you set up a bird feeding station, you should include a variety of different kinds of food. Different birds eat different kinds of nuts and seeds. By including a variety of options, you can draw in as many different species of birds as possible.
For instance, you may want to include a seed mix that includes both unshelled and shelled nuts and seeds. Some birds can crack open shells with their beaks whereas others, such as woodpeckers, have a far easier time with nuts that have already been removed from their shells.
Suet feeders are another great option. Suet is made from animal fat and other ingredients such as seeds. It is easily digestible and gives birds a ton of energy, making it a great option for feeding during the times of year when it may be difficult for them to find consistent food sources.
Depending on where you live within the city or the suburbs, you may have to find a way to prevent squirrels from getting into your birdfeeders. They are naturally drawn to nuts and seeds and can wind up eating all of the food before the birds have a chance to get to it. Fortunately, there are poles available that have special baffles attached to them that prevent squirrels from climbing them. This can keep them from reaching the birdfeeders, ensuring that the food that you put out actually gets eaten by birds.
Backyard birdwatching in Denver can be a lot of fun. By using these tips, you should be able to create a bird feeding station that draws in a wide variety of Colorado’s beautiful birds.