The bird watching backyard craze has become quite the rage with a special collection of hobbyists.  It has definite advantages and some drawbacks .  It provides the comfort of ones own backyard without the need of tramping through the wilderness in search of  your avian objective .  If there are pesky bugs or other less than desirable company , relief is just a few steps away back into the house .

It often takes a bit of luck, skill and patience at times to spot the more elusive of the species but in general is something anyone can do.  By drawing different birds into the yard it becomes even easier to observe and record sightings .

For the enthusiasts the first thing is creating a habitat attractive to your favorite different varieties .    But remember that birds are  on the menu for many cats.  It is a bad idea to bring in birds only to have the cats kill them.  Carefully position your birdbaths or feeders to prevent a sneak attack.

Your backyard suited for birdwatching can be started by planting a thoughtful selection of trees, flowers and shrubs . They provide different types of shelter, perches and food sources for the birds .  Depending on what the birds you want to see like best, your choice of trees and flowers will need to be adjusted . Check out a bird book or the Internet for a list of what will appeal to the birds in your region. Remember to provide food for birds in the winter as well.  Some of the most rewarding backyard birdwatching experiences will be during the winter.

Take note that some choices of plants can be poisonous to humans, be sure to   check with the nursery expert when selecting various plants and flowers for the backyard.

The next step is to choose the right  feeders.  Like the trees and shrubs that will attract them, different backyard birdfeeders are suited to    different birds .  Again, some thoughtful research is a good idea .

When the landscape and food is in place, different birds will hopefully, arrive to nest.  If you provide the right type of bird house, nesting birds will soon make their homes and can continue to return annually .  

Your bird watching hobby is one that can continue to grow for many years and is not restricted by age.  Creating a haven for birds in your backyard is well worth the investment .

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