Saturday, 4 January 2014

How to entice birds into your garden

Tình cờ đọc thấy từ "entice" khá hay nên thử google một lát tìm ra bài báo How to entice birds into your garden. Trước hết giải nghĩa từ "entice":
entice: [ɪn'tʌɪs, ɛn-]
(a) lôi cuốn, hấp dẫn, thú vị (attract by offering pleasure or advantage)
  • enticing you with every curve of my body (hấp dẫn anh bằng mọi đường cong trên người em)
(v.t.) dụ dỗ, cám dỗ, lôi cuốn; nhữ (chim,...) vào bẫy
  • A successful show that should entice a new audience into the theater. 
  • How to Entice/Attract Squirrels, Chipmunks and Rabbits to Your Yard
Đồng nghĩa: tempt, lure, allure, attract, appeal to
Một số dạng khác của từ:
enticement (n)
enticer (n)
enticing (a)
enticingly (adv)

Sau đây, tôi sẽ tập trung dịch nội dung bài báo đã giới thiệu trên.


How to entice birds into your garden

Làm thế nào để bẫy chim vào vườn nhà
It's not hard: all they want is a little food, water and somewhere to bring up a family.
Điều đó không quá khó: tất cả những gì chim cần là một ít thức ăn, nước và bất cứ đâu có thể chăm sóc gia đình chúng.

Trees
Natives trees are best. A larch, willow or ash if you've got room. Something smaller, a holly or a rowan, is good for a smaller garden. Fruit trees - including cherry, apple and crabapple - are good as sources of food.
Shrubs
Birds like berrying shrubs, such as elderberry, cotoneaster, pyracantha and berberis.
A hedgerow
Native again - privet or hawthorn for example, preferably unclipped. For a more formal hedge, beech or holly are good for birds to build nests in.
Fences and walls
Not too tidy. Tangles of ivy, holly or honeysuckle provide cover and nesting sites.
Borders
Plants that have a good seed head, such as wallflowers, Michaelmas daisies and sedums are a good idea. And again, don't tidy up in the autumn, leave the seed heads for the birds. Plus lots of natives - foxgloves, teasels and so on.
Leaf litter
Ground-feeding birds will find insects among leaves - don't sweep them up.
Birdbath
Just a shallow container of water. Birds like splashing about in a birdbath, which is great fun to watch.
Bird tables/feeders
Put out a variety of seeds, nuts and fat balls for winter feeding. Garden centres have an enormous range of feeders and bird tables. Go for the squirrel-proof ones, or they'll take everything.
Bird boxes 
In different sizes, for different species - and not facing south or the chicks will get too hot.
Cat
Kill it! Or at least keep it inside around sunrise and sunset and put a bell on its collar.
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