Below are a few tips to enhance your bird watching experience.
Advice on Attracting Wild Birds
Some individuals enjoy bird watching but prefer to do their bird watching in their back yard. Below is some advice on attracting wild birds to your back yard.Firstly it depends upon having wild birds in the general area where your house is located and then you can attract then to your backyard.
The method used to attract the birds will depend upon what is the diet of the bird. If the bird is a nectar feeder e.g. bananaquits or hummingbirds, then large flowering plants will attract them. An alternative for nectar feeders is to purchase a bird feeder and use a sugar solution (the feeder usually has directions). You must put the feeder in a location where the birds will see it and you must change the solution regularly (2 -3 days). Red Feeders seem to be good for quits and hummingbirds. If you use a feeder it will take a few days for the birds to recognise that it is present in your yard.
Other types of birds can be attracted by other feed. Bare-Eyed Thrushes and Kiskadees are somewhat omnivorous and so you can use rice (not boiled). I have found that they also come for dog food. Tropical Mockingbirds can also be attracted with rice. In addition ripe fruits such bananas, mangoes, cherry can be used. Fruits will usually attract Blue-Gray Tanagers, Palm Tanagers and Yellow Orioles. If you have the palm trees that people usually plant in from their houses that will generally attract palm tanagers who will feed on the small nuts and also nest in the tree. With fruits you can build a simple chicken wire basket or bamboo joint to hold the fruit and attach it to the fence.
Other Bird Articles
For other Bird Watching related articles, click on the name of the individual articles below
Trinidad and Tobago has many bird species that migrate from vast distances. If you have ever wondered when birds migrate or what tells them it is time to migrate, visit these articles:
When Birds Migrate, http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/migratio/when.htm
Stimulus for Migration, http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/migratio/stimulus.htm
Flight Speed during Migration, http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/migratio/speed.htm
Orientation during Migration, http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/migratio/orient.htm
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