I suspect our range is due to having so much variety of food for birds put out for them and also from our farm’s harvest and hedgerows which are a good source of food and shelter, and of course the farm a good amount of woodland which means birds like nuthatches and woodpeckers gain confidence to fly over for a tasty mealworm or two…
Look out for blackcaps too – they are becoming more regular visitors to our birdtables.
If you have fruit and berries you are much more likely to attract thrushes, fieldfares and redwings (winter visitors from Scandinavia between October and early April), plus resident mistle and song thrushes and blackbirds.
We have never had a parakeet but if you are in the south-east you may well have a few feral ring-necked parakeets to breakfast as well!!! Feral ring-necked parakeets visit bird tables in south-east England and are spreading west and north.
Insect-eating birds, such as wrens and treecreepers are unlikely to visit bird tables, although if it gets particularly cold it’s much more likely. To help them out push food into cracks of bark for treecreepers food and for wrens, put beside an ivy-covered wall, a stump or along a hedge bottom. (Wrens LOVE mealworms…)