What Attracts Birds to a House? Just as home buyers look for specific features when house shopping a large kitchen, enough bedrooms, garage size, etc. birds also need certain features in their houses. Factors that affect which birds will use a bird house or nesting box include; Entrance hole size, Overall cavity depth and house height, Interior floor dimensions, General house shape and design, Materials used, House location and mounting style.
Water in a bird bath or other container often attracts birds in spring and summer, but the costs of maintaining open water through the winter are not justified. Birds survive on water derived from foods they eat and from eating snow. Seed_eating birds, like crossbills, are sometimes attracted by salt and other minerals that can be supplied by a salt block. Plantings for Wildlife: If your yard has few trees and/or shrubs, birds will probably not be attracted to a feeder. Their need for shelter and protection from predators is often stronger than their attraction to an artificial food source. Also, because birds will not normally visit your yard in search of natural food if there are no trees or shrubs, they would be unlikely to detect food in your feeder. Don't despair, however! Start planning to landscape your yard for birds.