Make your yard attractive to a variety of fine-feathered visitors

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A lush yard also helps birds feel safe, noted David Bonter, an ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. He suggests collecting twigs and branches that fall out of trees to create brush piles for predator protection.

House cats in the outdoors kill millions of birds each year, he said, adding that keeping them inside is a good idea both for the cat, who can contract diseases and parasites, as well as for the birds.

Another way to attract birds to your yard is with food. Bonter advises against buying elaborate mixes birds will pick through to find what they like. Instead, fill each bird feeder with one type of seed that will help attract the birds you want.

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