BIRDS AND GARDENS
The birds in your garden are like the flowers in your plants and shrubs; they are the jewels of the little paradise surrounding your house. Every day it is a joy to see the them dashing by, diving from the sky, hopping from branch to branch and defending their territories with melodious songs or joyous chirps. No matter if you have a 10 ha / 25 acre estate or a little tiny oasis on your balcony, you can have birds visiting and surrounding you every day of the year. No matter if you live alone or have a house full of kids, birds in your garden are a permanent source of joy.
Birds never stop to fascinate us, as they are can do something that we can't: they fly, or at least most of them. A number of birds are very colorful and some of those frequent are gardens, like the Cardinal, Goldfinch and Blue Jay in North America and the Robin, chickadees Moreover, most of them are active during the day, as opposed to many mammals.
Many believe that birds are the most fun to watch of all animals. Some have incredibly bright colours, like the oriol, cardinals and American Goldfinches in North America, or the Bee Eaters and Kingfishers in Europe and countless bright birds in the tropics and subtropics like peacocks and birds of Paradise. To have some of those jewels share our garden is always a great a wonderful experience.
Probably no birds are aerial acrobats like swifts and hummingbirds and the courtships of birds never cease to fascinate us, whether it is the simple melodious call of a Cardinal, or the complex ritual of a bird of paradise. Yet, what probably matters most to us are the birds that surround our homes and inhabit our gardens. After all, we don't need to watch Animal Planet to enjoy the call of a European Nightingale or to watch the synchronized hopping of a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers sharing their territory with us, which is our garden.
Backyard birds and you
Millions of people like having birds in their gardens as part of the beauty, fun and entertainment in the immediate surroundings of their houses, and right they are! No matter if you have just started living in your own place, have your own nest full of little or taller chicks, are enjoying your home by yourself or are an empty nester, birds are a the crown jewels of your garden, a constant source of entertainment, giving you fun and exiting moments every day of your life. Did you know that in the US as more than 60 million people do something to attract birds to their gardens or houses? No doubt you are one of those people and thereby you are a birdwatcher! You may never have thought of yourself being one, but hey, you put up a birdhouse or birdfeeder to watch birds come to your garden and house. So......, you are a birdwatcher!
With our huge website giving lots of technical information, I thought I really should pay more attention to the millions of people who don't keep up a birdlist, who don't spend their weekends trotting through the woods. If you like looking out of your window and see birds on a birdfeeder, enjoy little birds busy around feeding their young, then this section of the website is for you. If you go to school, then I like you to feel that this part of the website is specially for you.
I just started this section and it will take a while until all the pages have been written with good information. I still need to get good pictures of birdhouses, birdfeeders, designs and ideas. There are many website selling birdhouses and feeders, and quite frankly I am appalled by the prices of the products on most sites. So over time, I hope to help you discover affordable ways of making your own birdhouses and bird feeders. At first you will find some links to sites, that I consider worth reading and consulting, but over time, most of the information will be from myself. But I can't do it alone. I need your help to help the millions of bird friends to help our feathered friends. Therefore, I would really appreciate if you could send me pictures and suggestions and comments on birdhouses and birdfeeders.. Not to do me a favour, but to share your pictures with others and help them with your ideas and pictures to get the joy of having those marvelous joyous feathered friends around their houses. Sometimes it takes a while, but so far I have always answered emails sent to this website email address at the bottom of this page. I hope you send me your ideas and pictures so it can show them on this website. As you can see, this is not a commercial website, and your pictures would be enjoyed by countless other bird friends, as we enjoy as many as 1 000 000 visitors per year and the numbers are growing at a rate of more than 30% per year!
For bird friends in the USA, there is a great web project to help follow or monitor how breeding birds are doing: http://watch.birds.cornell.edu/nest/home/index . Anybody is welcome to participate in the project and share with scientists how the birds in your birdhouse have been faring. In turn you receive information on breeding success from others.
This website is about birds, nature, conservation and the passion for nature. Let me tell you a bit about myself.
On this website, you can find the bird checklists of all countries of the world: Just go to http://www.birdlist.org/site/regions.htm. In many of them you can find the bird names in its native language as well. But there is much more. There are pictures of nature, great tools for conservation, information on national parks and other nature reserves, an on-line book on ecology and nature conservation, free software for downloading, technical reports for those who want it. In order to find your way through the 2000 interlinked web pages on nature and conservation, please go to the site map. Thanks for visiting our page on birds and gardens.