Manage a backyard bird habitat

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A nut and berry mix is set out for woodpeckers and a sunflower/safflower mix attracts cardinals, wrens, doves and blue jays. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – For many nature enthusiasts, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing wildlife right in their own backyard. Providing several different types of foods can be the first step to welcoming a variety of birds to one’s yard. Bill Askenburg, a backyard birding enthusiast and maker of custom birdhouses, said he offers thistle seed to attract finches and chickadees. A nut and berry mix is set out for woodpeckers and a sunflower/safflower mix attracts cardinals, wrens, doves and blue jays. A few different feeders placed at various heights or hung from branches on a property can attract an abundance of wildlife. Feeding birds is one way to enjoy their company. Offering other features can increase the chances that birds will nest and raise young in a backyard habitat. [
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