Feeding Your Garden Birds This June

If your garden has dense cover, such as thick hedges, you may attract summer garden bird visitors, such as the willow warbler and chiffchaff, which breed from May to July. All the warblers are shy birds and can be difficult to spot.

The term Chiffchaff is, in fact, onomatopoeic, and references the rather mechanical way in which the bird sings its two-note, metronomic “chiff-chaff, chiff-chaff, chiff-chaff.” Interestingly, other European languages have similar names for the Chiffchaff: Dutch use “Tjiftjaf”, Germans use “Zilpzalp” and Welsh say “siff-saff”.

Chiffchaffs are insectivorous birds, and prefer leaf insects such as caterpillars, gnats and midges.

Wiggly Tip

Fruit is another great bird food as they are energy-rich with all their simple sugars. Pop a few raisins out on your birdfeeder or ground feeder or half a few apples pears and plums as a treat for your robins, thrushes and blackbirds to enjoy.

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