From the effortless beauty of watching a flock in flight or observing just one or two perched on a tree branch, birds are a joy to watch.

Bird watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies and a popular pastime throughout the First Coast. “Bird people are crazy about birds,” said Jason Turner, owner of Jacksonville Patio Home & Garden. “We have helped a lot of customers set up a bird sanctuary in their backyard.”

Creating a backyard bird paradise is not only good for the ecology it is also a fun way to add beauty to your yard. Birds will come to your yard if you give them what they need.

The easiest way to attract birds is to give them food. It is one of the reasons bird feeders are so popular. The most common type is the bird seed feeder. Feeders may be designed with aluminum, wood or eco-friendly recycled plastic and they are priced from about $10 to $170. Turner says the squirrel-proof feeders are among the most popular.

“Everyone loves the birds, but hates the squirrels,” he said.

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Birds also need safe shelter and a place to nest. A birdhouse offers both and can also attract birds to your yard. They come in a wide range of sizes and styles, priced from $10 and up.

Birds thrive on water and a bird bath or fountain also add a charming touch to your décor. They range from a lightweight fiberglass bath to a pedestal concrete structure. With all products, Turner recommends people select items that complement their décor, setting and budget.

If you’re looking for something fun and easy to do, bird watching will bring you hours of entertainment. Your decision to add a feeder, birdhouse or birdbath can help you attract birdlife to your backyard.

More information is available at jacksonvillepatio.com.