Among the fondest and
most memorable moments of childhood are the discoveries of songbirds
nesting in the backyard. The distinctive, mud-lined nests of robins
and their beautiful blue eggs captivate people of all ages. Likewise,
the nesting activities of house wrens, cardinals, chickadees, and
other common birds can stimulate a lifelong interest in nature.
As you learn to enjoy
the beauty of birdlife around your home, you may wish to improve the "habitat"
in your yard so that more birds will visit your property. You can
attract birds by placing bird feeders, nest boxes, and bird baths in
your yard, and by planting a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers.
These can provide good nesting sites, winter shelter, places to hide
from predators and natural food supplies that are available