- What Garden Birds to Spot in Autumn and Winter
- What Garden Birds to Spot in Spring and Summer
- What is the Best Bird Feed for Each Season of the Year
What Garden Birds to Spot in Autumn and WinterThe variety of birds you see during winter will be driven primarily by the weather. Milder conditions will likely result in a smaller number of birds, while colder weather will generate more birds as species go out of their way to find food. Common garden visitors during the winter and autumn season will include:
- House Sparrow
- Pied Wagtail
- Grey Wagtail
- Blue Tit
- Mistle Thrush
- Wood Pigeon
- Long-Tailed Tit
- Black redstart
- Coal Tit
- Lesser Redpoll
- Blue Tit
- House Martin
- Great Tit
- Long Tailed Tit
- Collared Dove
- Green Finch
- Wood Pigeon
- Green Woodpecker
- Great Spotted Woodpecker
- Common Nightingale
What is the Best Bird Feed for Each Season of the YearThe best feed for attracting garden birds can be a bit of a controversial topic. What works one person will undoubtedly fail for another, so we ask you to take this list as a general guide rather than definitive fact. So, the best feeds for feeding in spring, summer, autumn and winter are:
Autumn and WinterIn autumn and winter birds need lots of high fat foods packed with calories to help them battle the cold weather. Naturally, we’d lean towards feeding your birds:
Nuts are packed with naturally fatty oils which are rich in calories and nutrients. Peanuts and monkey nuts are an ideal source of energy and will attract a whole variety of birds to your garden including Wrens, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Woodpeckers, Jays, Doves and Crows. Remember to keep your feeders well clear of trees and bushes to avoid sneaky squirrels stealing your stocks.
Another great winter feed is Sunflower hearts. These high energy, protein-packed seeds are like the burger of the bird world (everybody loves them!) and will have a whole host of birds flocking to your garden during the winter season. Birds you are likely to attract feeding sunflower hearts include Finches, Sparrows, Nuthatches and Tits.
Another bird favourite during the winter season is Fat Balls. These balls are made out of a mixture of high-fat suet and a variety of seeds. They make the perfect winter treat for birds as they’re jam packed with oils that are ideal for the bitterly cold season. Fat Balls are suitable for attracting Robins, Wrens, Tits, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes.
When the temperature really starts to drop, we’d also advise stocking up your feeders with a selection of mealworms and calci worms. This is because the cold weather will freeze the surface of your garden soil making it extremely difficult for insectivorous birds like the Robin to hunt for worms. Help your feathered friends by buying 2kg to 5kg to see them through the winter season.
Spring and SummerWhere winter is all about fatty seeds with a high calorific content, spring and summer is all about protein. This is due to two factors. Firstly, spring marks fledgling season, so birds will need lots of protein for their young. And second, birds will also go through the moulting season, so birds will need lots of protein packed seeds to help them regrow shiny new feathers. We’d recommend:
No Mess Wild Bird Seed Mix
You can’t really go wrong with a good quality No Mess Wild Bird Seed Mix. These mixes will be slightly better quality seeds than your standard Wild Bird Seed Mixes and will come with a variety of seeds that will attract a whole host of birds to your garden.
Sunflower hearts are an ideal seed for both the winter and spring/summer seasons. They’re packed with both fatty oils and the crucial proteins your garden birds will need to thrive. We’d suggest mixing in a handful or two with your No Mess Wild Bird Seed Mix to offer your birds an extra protein treat.
The spring and summer season will see a variety of insectivorous birds out on the hunt for worms. We’d recommend stocking up on a selection of mealworms to attract birds like the Robin, Blackbirds and Long-Tailed Tit.