Attracting small bird to your garden.

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prsimpson10
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Attracting small bird to your garden.

Hi all,
I was after some success stories of people who have managed to attract small birds to their suburban gardens.I live in Bangor,a southern suburb of Sydney.My block is about 750sqm,at the moment I get the larger honey eaters and the annoying Indian mina bird.I have native gardens front and back and Bangor is a leafy suburb close to some good bush areas.I know and have read all the tips but would like to hear some personal experiences if people are happy too.
Thanks
Paul

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Hi there & welcome, psimpson.
My thinking on attracting small birds to your garden is that you need to consider which small birds are local to your property. This means observing what species exist in your nearest patches of bushland & what aspects of the bushland they use. These observations might need to be done over several years because some birds residents, some are transitory visitors & others are regular migrants.
While you're observing bird species also take in which species of shrubs and small trees exist in the bushland because small birds are generally inhabitants of the lower strata of the bush. Not all, mind you, because, e.g., striated thornbills & striated pardalotes can be seen &/or heard in the canopy of tall trees.
And while you're making all these observations, take a look at the structure of the vegetation. How many open spaces are there? Are individual shrub species grouped together or are they randomly distributed throughout the bush? Or both?
This information will give you ideas as to what to plant, where & with what spacing & frequency. What you would be doing is replicating, as closely as possible, what exists in your local, high quality bushland. You will then be enabling small birds to have the highest quality suburban garden in which to find suitable habitat for food, breeding, defending territory & resources or just being.
If you can provide a model for your neighbours to emulate then your area will be even more attractive to small birds over the years. Not all neighbours, of course, are tuned into this way of thinking about their gardens.
One of the essential parts of this complex equation is that small birds in suburban gardens depend for survival on plenty of cover to protect them from the ravages of cats but sometimes from dogs, foxes & noisy miners, too.
Good luck with your efforts.

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