We recently did something as a family that I would have never in a million years predicted: We bought a cockatiel! We named our bird Buttercup (above)
, and I believe adding her/him (you can't determine the gender of a bird until they're a year old) to our family is one of the best decisions we have made. She relaxes us, she has opened our eyes to the intricate social life of birds, and she has even inspired great mother/sons bonding time. Yes, Buttercup has an Instagram account
Now that I'm obsessed with birds, I'm looking into how to attract more species to our backyard. My friend Jill has been a phenomenal source of knowledge and inspiration. Her backyard is like a scene from the Cinderella Disney cartoon—birds are sewing, carrying ribbons, polishing shoes.
The first step to attracting birds is to provide them with a water source for drinking and bathing. A simple birdbath is enough. Next, consider what bird types live in your area of the country and which of those birds you want visiting your yard. To do this, you need to think about bird feeders and how to fill them. The type of bird feeder you hang and the type of seed you fill it with, will determine which birds stop by. Below I've explained the most common birdfeeders and what birds they attract. Happy bird watching!