There’s just something fascinating about owls. Attracting them to your garden can be a wonderful way to encourage natural pest control and enjoy the presence of these fascinating birds. Now how can you make your garden attractive to them:
Show They Are Welcome
Remember owls are night birds; they just need a safe place to roost during the day. Consider putting up owl boxes or nesting platforms high in trees or on buildings. It is important that you make sure they are well-protected from predators and face away from prevailing winds.
They Like it Quiet
Another thing to know about owls is that they are nocturnal and prefer quiet surroundings. Avoid loud noises or disturbances near their roosting and hunting areas. Keeping the whole area serene is what matters to them.
Plant Native Vegetation
When you have native plants growing around, it will definitely help in attracting insects, small mammals, and birds. And that is what owls feed on. It also provides good cover and nesting opportunities.
Using Water Features
Did you know owls, like many other birds, are attracted to water sources? So it really helps if you create a small pond, birdbath, or even a shallow dish of water. Just keep the water clear and change it every day.
Minimize Pesticide Use
Pesticides can disrupt the owl’s food chain by killing off insects and rodents. Try using natural pest control methods or opt for less harmful alternatives. These will keep your area really appealing to owls.
If there is one thing owls like is to have vantage points where they can survey their surroundings for potential prey. So it really helps if you can set up tall, sturdy perches like dead trees, poles, or branches.
Keep The Lights Off
Owls are sensitive to light at night which means they don’t like having any lights at all. To attract these spellbinding creatures, consider motion-activated or low-intensity options.
Avoid Disturbing Nesting Areas
If you know where owls are nesting, avoid disturbing those areas during the nesting season. This helps protect the young owls and ensures the parents feel secure.
Offer Owl-Friendly Food Sources
You can consider providing a safe and natural food source for owls. This could involve allowing a small area of your garden to grow wild to attract rodents.
Attracting owls is something that takes time. It’s important to be patient and persistent in creating a welcoming environment.