The birdfood you’ll find in this month’s Birdy Box is specifically designed to support the most garden birds at this time of year. At this time of year as well as our resident breeding birds we are joined by migrants from Scandinavia, Russia and Continental Europe. In particular look out for Robins, Chaffinches, Bramblings, Goldfinches, Bullfinches, Blue Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Nuthatches, Blackbirds, and if you are very lucky Fieldfares, Waxwings, Dunnocks, and Goldcrests.
To maximise the support you offer your garden birds and indeed to attract the most species follow these three key tips:
1: Put food out in the morning (and shut the cat in). Your birds can lose so much body weight in the night keeping warm breakfast is their most important meal of the day.
2: Provide water – make sure you have a bird bath with clean water for your birds to drink and bathe in.
3: Offer different types of food in different feeders. For example using suet blocks in a hanging suet feeder is brilliant for small birds – in particular the Tit family who are much more agile than their larger counterparts so they have the best chance of access the food in these feeders. Ensure you have a softbill mix and feed on the ground to help birds like the Blackbird and Thrush.