What Do Peaking Birds Love?
Peking or spring peaking as it is known is the time of year when British birds migrating from winter to summer return to the countryside to mate and to nest. It is also the breeding time for many songbirds. A peking area is usually located about two hours south of the town. As such, it is a popular bird watching destination. The best areas to look for peking birds during this season are along coastal coasts, on hillsides and higher ground.
Peaking gardens are also known to host many bird species including small songbirds, white storks, warblers and also wrens. The most common birds to be seen during this time are the rails, doves, cardinals, quail, sparrows, bustards, nuthatches, woodpeckers, robins and thrushes. To observe any of these species at their peak, invest in a spotting scope. It is also advised that you have a pair of binoculars or a scope for your camera so that you can better get a view of the birds. Take care not to over-spot because you might just lose them.
It is important to note that while peeking is a good way to watch birds, it should not be relied on to direct wildlife to your property. There are predators in the vicinity who will kill the birds if left alone. For instance, foxes and rodents can be a problem and can take an interest in the birds that are nesting nearby. You can prevent this by putting up fencing, or you can also put out attractants like food and nesting boxes.
Peking is the mating season for many birds and the females tend to be much larger than the males. They have to be to survive in the harsh winter conditions. They are also bigger to compensate for the fact that they cannot fly as far as the males. The females are called ‘queens’ because of their role in rearing the young during the winter period. The male is called a ‘king’, while the female is known as ‘queen’. They both help with rearing the young until they fledge.
Because the birds are much bigger in size, it is important that you don’t cover up the entire peking area because they may be spotted from a further distance. You should also make sure there is enough food so that the birds can have plenty to eat and that there is adequate shelter for them to shelter in. You may consider using netting to cover areas where the birds are nesting.
While you are planting your peaking garden, you should also remember that birds need shade and water to survive. Planting trees close to the peaking garden will provide them shade and water. You can also plant flowers in pots, as these will provide colour for the garden and also shade. Also consider using bird baths in your peaking garden to provide your birds with a place to bathe and drink.
If you are planning on using your peaking garden to attract local birds, you should ensure you plant shade tolerant plants close to the edges of the peeking garden. These plants will provide the birds with protection from the sun. You will also need to plant flowers that birds love such as pink roses or black-eyed susans.
You should consider building nest boxes for your birds. Building these will not only provide a place for the birds to live but will also encourage them to build their own nests. Mantis shrimp, house cricket and stone crickets are all considered to be good choices for building nest boxes. You should also consider providing water for them to bathe in. These should all be placed close to the entrance of the peking garden to ensure the birds have access to them.