A yard is more than a place where you grow a vegetable garden, tend to your landscaping, and find places to display cute yard ornaments. From small suburban spaces to big plots of land out in the country, there are plenty of opportunities to view wildlife up close and even help them, too. Providing food and shelter for our animal friends can protect them from predators, keep them well-fed, and even increase their populations.
Plus, it’s a pretty cool experience when you see a hummingbird flit by your window or a Monarch butterfly rest in your garden.
Here are 10 top-rated Amazon products that can bring all sorts of little creatures right to your backyard.
1. A house where bees can rest
With bee populations on the decline, we humans need to help these pollinators in any way we can. To help “solitary” bees (ones that don’t live in hives), many wildlife organizations recommend placing a bee house in your yard that offers protection and a place where they can raise their young. This bee house received 4.3 out of 5 stars, noted for its natural materials and myriad nooks where bees can create their homes.
2. A best-selling bird feeder that you can attach to a window
If you want to get really up close and personal with the birds that frequent your yard, why not purchase a clear feeder that sticks to a window? Attach it using the included suction cups, pull up a chair, and watch the show.
3. A feeder where squirrels can snack on corn cobs
Although most squirrels are content with bird seed, you can give them their own personal buffet with this adorable, picnic table-style squirrel feeder. Mount the feeder to a tree and place a corn cob on the holder, and your backyard squirrels will dine in style.
4. A water wiggler so your feathered friends can find the bird bath
Allied Precision Industries makes the best-selling water wigglers on Amazon. Buyers love them for their ability to create attention-grabbing water ripples which bring birds to baths. They can also be used in heated bird baths and they keep mosquitos away. Reviewer Heather A. noted, “Birds love the rippling water and it’s serene to look at in my garden.”
5. A set of 6 seed packets to create a butterfly-attracting garden
Butterflies and bees alike LOVE milkweed plants, and you can build a garden that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser with these highly rated seed packets. In a vibrant array of colors, you’ll see butterflies frolic in your yard all summer long. Reviewers say that monarchs especially adore these flowers.
6. A large bird house favored by purple martins
This best-selling, barn-style bird house is the kind of place that purple martins dream about. Perfect for nesting and resting, this house can hold up to 16 families of birds and it snaps together easily, no tools required. It’ll be a charming, country touch for any backyard.
7. A ceramic house made specially for frogs and toads
Frogs and toads tend to spend much of their time in swamps and ponds, but they also need small places they can duck into for some rest and protection. This delightful ceramic house can live in your garden as a spot for frogs and toads to stay cool in the summer and safe in the winter. One reviewer shared photos of two baby toads who moved into the ceramic house she purchased.
8. A best-selling nut & fruit bird seed blend
There are lots of bird seed options available on Amazon, but this tops them all as the #1 Best Seller in Bird Feeding & Watering Supplies. Birds gobble up this Kaytee® Nut & Fruit Blend bird seed, and you can stock up with this 10-pound bag. As the description says, this blend attracts “cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and other colorful songbirds.”
9. A bird bath and waterer that you can hang
As one of the best-selling bird baths on Amazon, this product works as a substitute for a traditional bird bath. If you don’t have a lot of room for a pedestal-style bird bath, hang this one from a post or a tree. It holds 100 ounces of water and replenishes itself with fresh water, and the four pools mean that no one has to fight for space. Reviewers rave about this bird bath, and many have even shared photos of happy birds enjoying it.
10. A hummingbird feeder that’s stylish and practical
With its sweet flowers and the promise of delicious nectar, hummingbirds will flock to this best-selling feeder, crafted to mimic a vintage bottle. Throughout its 1,355 reviews, several people noted that they’ve seen in an increase in hummingbirds in their yards since purchasing this feeder.
As reviewer JGS350 says, “This is an affordable glass feeder for hummingbirds that is easy to clean, fill, and guaranteed to bring these little treasured jeweled visitors in your garden.”
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