Backyard Bird Watching: The Right Furniture Makes all the Difference

August 15, 2013
Posted in Garden

With the arrival of fall comes the departure of just about everything else, except for a yard full of dead, brown leaves that is. However, when spring is in the air your backyard may light up with life. Flowers are blooming, squirrels are delicately hopping about, and of course, the diverse array of colorful birds frequently landing on any available perch. For this exact reason, have you ever considered that your backyard might actually be a perfect spot to do some bird watching?

Setting your backyard up for bird watching is definitely about the birds, but if your backyard is not outfitted with the proper furniture, then you might as well call it a day. You could always watch from indoors, but where is the fun in that? One of the defining features of bird watching—whether out in the wilderness or from your backyard—is the connection between you and nature, and actually being outside is the best way to establish said connection. Of course, you’re going to need bird feeders, the proper bird seed and maybe even a bird bath; but before you do all of that, you want to outfit your yard with the right furniture. You can find a good selection of bird furniture and people furniture at online home décor stores like Homeclick to get a good idea of what you may like for your backyard getaway.

Before thinking about the birds, think about your butt first. In other words, you should outfit your backyard with a good set of chairs since the average birdwatcher finds him- or herself sitting for long periods of time. Therefore, good seating is absolutely paramount for the backyard bird watcher. Consider purchasing chairs that serve more than one purpose. For instance, some chairs are equipped with drink holders, side-storage bags, an umbrella mount, or all of the above. While there are truly wonderful chairs out there, a lot of folks simply opt to install a hammock. Hammocks provide the ultimate experience in comfort while also presenting the perfect opportunity to spot that rare bird; depending on location of course.

No chair—or backyard for that matter—is complete without being accented with some sort of table; especially when trying to outfit your yard to be the perfect spot to watch birds and other critters. In keeping with the “multi-purpose” trend, a good option for a backyard bird watching table is one that features at least one drawer. To the amateur bird watcher, a good pair of binoculars is a vital asset to have handy at all times. A table featuring a drawer, or even better, a series of drawers, is the perfect place to store a set of binoculars, as well as other bird spotting essentials, so that they are always at hand when you need them.

Well, you have a good set of chairs and table but there is a piece of furniture missing, which is an awning. Awnings, in a nutshell, are basically just a piece of durable canvas or fabric that is equipped to a frame, serving as a shield from light rain and sun exposure. Since bird watching generally requires you to sit outside for lengthy stints of time, protection from the elements is vital; especially the sun. With an awning outstretched overhead, your skin is protected from harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer, while also allowing you the perfect view of any birds frequenting your backyard. Not to mention, if you pay a pretty penny for a good set of chairs and a table, the last thing you want is for it to slowly rot away in the rain.
A good chair, table, and cover from the sun (awning), are a good place to begin when prepping your yard with the proper furniture for bird watching. However, don’t limit yourself to just those pieces. Take it a step further by designating a specific area of your yard just for bird watching. Using cement, you could build a small patio of sorts with a permanent awning overhead. This would, in a sense, create a structure similar to a duck blind; the perfect cover from which to watch birds from.

Once you’ve gotten your area set up comfortably for your backyard bird watching, go a step further and set up a bird dwelling paradise. Just like humans, birds like houses and baths and being fed! Kevin Costner said in his movie Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come” and if you set up your yard with birdhouses, birdbaths, and birdfeeders, your yard can become all a twitter.

Do your research in choosing your birdhouses or feeders. Different kinds of birds like different kinds of dwellings and different kinds of food. If you find that you have a lot of a certain kind of bird frequenting your backyard, figure out what type of dwelling they may prefer. A cardinal will prefer a platform style birdhouse in a dense thicket, while finches will appreciate a traditional style birdhouse box.

Finding the perfect furniture for yourself and your wild birds can be quite fun and as your yard is transformed into a bird destination, the songs of nature will make your yard a peaceful place to relax and watch the birds fly in.

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