Our local Benbrook Library often has free events and last month there were speakers from a nursery, a feed store and The Wild Bird Center. Each of the speakers spoke of the summer drought conditions and how we can help our feathered friends.
We were urged to be careful what food we are putting out as many of the home improvement chains sell bird seed that is little more than filler and 95% of the bags contain inedible seeds.
The most popular food that the birds enjoy is Sunflower (black oil sunflower seeds), Safflower and peanuts.
Texas plants to attract birds:
We were also warned against using anything with red food dye which can be harmful. Fill the hummingbird feeders with 1 part sugar to 4 parts water and heat until clear. Replace every 3-4 days.
Provide birds with shallow water for both drinking and bathing. If the water is too deep, put some rocks in so that there is a shallow place for the birds to stand. Use a flower pot turned upside down with a drainage saucer on top for a quick bird bath.
The wild birds are looking for shelter and if you have an abundance of trees and bushes you are more likely to attract many types of birds.