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What to feed garden birds in Summer

As we enter the summer months, here are a few tips on what to feed your garden birds. It is important to only feed selected foods at this time of year. Please don't use peanuts, home made fat cakes (they go rancid and yucky if it's hot) or large pieces of bread as these can choke the young chicks if taken back to the nest. Food shortages can occur at any time so any extra food supplied from the food list below can assist in the survival of their young. For example, if we have a very dry period during Spring or Summer this will cause problems for the blackbirds and song thrushes. These birds feed on earth worms so if the soil is too hard and dry, one, the birds can't get through the soil and two, the worms will go deeper down. Then again if it's unusually cold ...
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The importance of water for birds

The importance of water for birds Water for garden birds is so important: they need it not only for drinking but also for bathing to keep their feathers clean and healthy. Many people will put food out for the birds, but very few will provide a regular supply of clean water. One of the easiest ways to do this is with a bird bath. Clean Water Keeping the water clean for the birds helps to prevent them catching diseases. Ideally you should clean your bird bath every week or so, and remember to change the water every couple of days. This prevents a layer of algae building up, from dead leaves or bird droppings. Positioning Where you put your bird bath if very important. Birds love a bath but will only use it if they feel safe. It can help to place it near trees or bushes so they. It ...
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Attracting birds to your garden

Attracting birds to your garden I often get asked this, and in truth, it isn’t an exact science as to why some birds regularly visit one garden whilst studiously avoiding another. However, there are ways to encourage a variety of birdlife and ensuring that there is always fresh food and water available in different areas of the garden should really help. If there is a cat living at the property or living at neighbours close by this may be sufficient to worry birds and for them to choose another garden. Having said that, in some instances the birds will ignore the cat particularly if it is sleeping! Blackbirds are quite brave, as far as wild birds go and they enjoy coming fairly close to people and seem to wait for small pieces of cheese or fruit to be left out for them. They will even perch on the back of ...
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Winter Feeding

Winter Feeding Many of us enjoy our feeders in the winter and watching the birds come and go. Study suggests that leaving feed through the winter will help birds raise bigger and healthier broods next spring! Birds that have access to feeders laid the same number of eggs as those that had to find all their own food, the scientists found. But the human-fed birds laid eggs earlier, giving their babies a chance to fatten up before all the other bird families are hunting for food. Their young also grew up stronger and healthier. In the end, these families produced one more surviving young bird than the birds left on their own. The study’s lead researcher was Stuart Bearhop of the University of Exeter. Birds simply need calories, so anything with fat would do the trick, or perhaps the birds are receiving vitamins and minerals that aid in raising young, ...
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Why Bird Feeders Are More Than Just A Garden Decor

Why Bird Feeders Are More Than Just A Garden Decor We all love spending enjoyable times in our gardens and backyards, and one of our favorite kinds of garden and backyard decor accents are bird feeders. You can indeed add a unique decorative element to almost any yard, patio, or garden. Bird feeders cultivate a liveliness in the yard or garden that flowers and plants alone cannot produce. And remember, the presence of birds add additional pleasurable experiences to time spent in the yard or garden. What should I pay attention for when I decide to buy a bird feeder? First of all focus on choosing garden accents such as primitive bird feeders, unique bird feeders, and decorative bird feeders. As any backyard and garden birder knows, a single bird feeder is not adequate once you get hooked on feeding the birds. Remember, there are all types and styles to ...
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Why Should We Feed the Birds?

Why Should We Feed the Birds? Approximately 54 million people in the US feed wild birds, according to the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Feeding the birds is now the second most popular 'passive' hobby in our country. Gardening ranks as number one, and I have to wonder what kind of gardening was studied, as I would never have termed that hobby 'passive.' Actually, there are some people who think that putting out food for the birds is not a good idea, and they cite various well thought out reasons, some of which may be valid. However, most wildlife organizations sell both bird seed and bird feeders and consider that feeding the birds is alright. Certainly, the pleasure of seeing wild birds at close quarters is more than enough reason to put out bird feeders. We like birds and enjoy having them around. We like to hear their songs ...
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Preparing to Feed Wild Birds in Winter

Preparing to Feed Wild Birds in Winter According to history the first person to tame a wild bird was a monk named Saint Serf who tamed a robin by feeding it. In 1890 and 1891, Britain had a very harsh winter and asked people to put out food for birds. Bird feeding has rapidly become a pastime for many families even in the United States. Bird feeding has been thought of as an activity only for bird watchers and other avian scientists, but it has gained popularity and a high percentage of homes use one bird feeding method or another. The food may be seed, kitchen scraps, pet store food etc. As the weather becomes cooler, backyard birders start cleaning out feeders and purchase supplies for the birds in winter. In order to properly feed birds it is important that you provide the following basics. 1. A variety of goof ...
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A Unique Way to Feed the Birds

A unique way to feed the birds using bird feeders Bird Feeders are containers which are placed outside homes to provide food for the birds. Bird feeders can attract different kinds of birds depending upon the food or seeds that are placed in the bird feeders. Seeds like millets, sunflowers, rapeseed, etc are kept in the bird feeders for the purpose of feeding the seed eating birds. Bird feeders are often set up in the backyard garden of houses with the dual purpose of feeding the birds as well as for bird watching. Many bird watchers deliberately place the bird feeders in places where they can capture each and every movement of the birds while they feed upon the seeds. The bird feeders act as a source of amusement for the bird watchers. Bird feeders are made up of a variety of materials including wooden bird feeders, feeders are also ...
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A Most Enjoyable and Rewarding Hobby

Providing food and shelter for wild birds is a very enjoyable and rewarding hobby. Throughout Great Britain and Scotland, thousands of species of birds play an important role in many different ecosystems both on our coasts and inland. From helping manage insect populations to pollinating plants and flowers, their role in our world should not be underestimated. While most species have healthy populations there is some concern for 'farmland' and 'woodland' birds, with certain species showing declining numbers. Changes to the landscape from agriculture, urban development and even climate change can have an impact on the health of wild bird populations. Woodland birds are the most common bird species to share our urban and rural communities and providing food and shelter can help them prosper, and let's us enjoy watching them. Attracting birds to our home and garden can be as simple as putting some bird seed out on a ...
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