The more flowers you have the better. Landscapes that attract barn swallows barn swallows do not like forested or urbanized areas because they need open air space to forage.
Planting flowers is a great way to attract the attention of the local bug population which means that your swallows will have plenty to feast on when they visit.
How to attract swallows. Doing this will give them places to rest and build a family. You can direct the swallows to preferred nest sites inside a building by creating barriers and providing perfect ledges for their purpose. Here are a few rules that should be followed when putting them up.
Moving water is more apt to attract swallows swifts and martins to yards with noise and sparkles and a bird bath fountain bubbler or mister can be effective in attracting their attention. Swallows can enter a building through a very small hole and need very little light. Brightly lit nest sites are most at risk from predators.
They may visit larger bird baths and will often fly through sprinklers or misters for a quick cool dip. To allow them access to an existing nest site make a small hole that is a minimum of 5cm high and 20cm wide near the eaves of your garage barn or shed or leave a window or door open. Instead the swallows choose grasslands fields marshes.
Put a nesting box on a pole at least five feet off the ground. 3 30 13 oklahoma gardening host kim toscano demonstrates how to build an artificial barn swallow nest to attract a nesting pair or encourage an existing pair. Understanding these birds unique needs is the key to learning how to attract swallows and enjoy the benefits of having these beauties in your yard.
Make a small opening minimum 50 mm high and 200 mm wide under the garage or barn eaves or leave a window or door open. To help them to nest in a garage or outhouse. Putting up houses is a great way to attract tree swallows.
Swallows swifts and martins are beautiful graceful birds that are highly desirable backyard visitors but they are not typical backyard birds and attracting swallows can be a challenge even for experienced backyard birders.