For some time, bird watching has been among the top hobbies of people worldwide, and especially in America, where a vast variety of birds make their homes in backyards and public places. Clearly, giving the local avifauna an incentive to visit you at home can provide you with an excellent vantage point of natural winged beauty, but as many prolific amateur ornithologists already know, there are far more benefits to feeding the birds than meets the eye. If in doubt about whether or not to take the plunge into attracting these fair fowl, consider the following returns, which are just some of the many benefits of bird feeding …
Benefits of bird feeding
The diet of the typical bird consists of much more than birdseed and nectar. Worms, insects, arachnoids, snails, and other small creatures that might be considered a threat in your home or garden are all popular menu items. If you’re not sure about spreading toxic chemicals all over your property, why not make use of a truly organic pest control in the form of bird life?
Beyond feasting on the very insects that threaten your flowers, herbs, and veggies, birds provide an additional benefit to your landscaping endeavors by pollinating. Help from birds can mean thriving, prosperous flower beds and less time spent righting the wrongs of garden pests.
Birds controlling weeds? It might sound far-fetched, but small species of birds like finches and sparrows eat loads of seeds, and they particularly enjoy those from seed-bearing weeds that are typically unwanted in intentional landscapes or gardens.
Whether you intend it to be so or not, spending time around birds will teach you more than you ever thought you wanted to know about avian behavior, personality, and interaction. Along with this will come a more intuitive understanding of animal instincts and motivations, and for the more philosophically inclined, perhaps some lessons in human nature as well. These excursions into the mind of the bird can prove particularly meaningful to children, as well as urbanites who have little opportunity to interact with nature.
Birds as free pets
While wild birds will rarely provide you with the type of interaction you could expect from a dog or cat, it is possible to become so familiar with the birds in your area that you recognize certain ones by distinct markings or unique personality traits. You can reap quite a few of the benefits of pet ownership without having worries such as permission, registration, vaccination, veterinary care, and so on.
Inviting birds to your backyard is not always completely free, and you may encounter difficulty in getting them to accept your invitation. In view of the many benefits of bird feeding, however, the costs are small and few, and the effort you put in will be more than rewarded in full.