11 November 2017
The back garden bird feeding station is most popular because it is in a quiet spot and close to all of the trees/shrubs so birds hop in and out to feed.
Birds need to consume between 25 and 50% of their body weight each day. In Winter, when foraging time is limited to the short days, Blue tits need to feed every 12 to 15 seconds. It can be tough to survive if you are a bird.
Peanuts are not exactly nuts. They grown in the ground and are more like lentils. They are ideal for the small birds. Sunflower seeds are very high in oil content and great for calories. Cereals like oats re high in carbs. Mixed seeds are great options for garden birds. Water is often in short supply so make sure you leave some for drinking and if possible for bathing.
Over the past 50 years the numbers of many so called ‘common’ birds have dramatically declined. We don’t know for certain why this is, but changing agricultural practices and a lack of food in the summer and winter are likely to have taken their toll. Sometimes when we look out of the window, it is difficult to believe that song thrushes, sparrows and starlings are all struggling to survive in the countryside, but they are. These, among many others, are now red listed as birds of extreme conservation concern.
By supplementary feeding at the right times of year, we can make sure the garden supports birds. If enough gardens provide food, water and shelter in a neighbourhood, it creates essential corridors for wildlife to move along and live in.