Feed the birds!

Feed the birds!

Feed the birds!

September 15, 2015

 
One of the major joys of gardening for me is to watch the wildlife as it comes and goes. And when it comes to garden birds, we are, sadly, coming to a time of the year when they metaphorically bite the hand that feeds them! Blackbirds, thrushes and many other birds may be a delight to see in our gardens, but in the autumn they will quickly strip a prized ornamental tree of its berries. Or they’ll ravage a late blackberry or autumn-fruiting raspberry. Or they’ll even pick holes in all the best looking apples still on the trees.
 
Birds exist to feed! They often need, it is claimed, more than their own weight in food per day. So, what can you do to stop them from getting your fruits and berries before you can?
 
Well, feed them of course! Arguably the best way to reduce the impact birds have on your berries, is to provide plenty of alternative – and more desirable – food for them.
 
There are seasonal feeds, and all-year-round feeds. And there are mixes for different groups and types of birds, too. The following are the birds that regularly visit my garden, and the types of food I provide at this time of year:
 
 
This list isn’t exhaustive because we don’t have the room to list every type of wild bird, however by supplying, and applying, some of the above the birds in your garden should be more content with their lot and, hopefully, leave your berries alone!
 
By the way, don’t store bird food in an airing cupboard or attic, as these places are all too hot, and will make the food go bad, or unpalatable.
 

Final tip

Peckish Complete All Seasons Energy Balls are a fantastic high-energy winter food for many species of birds. Available in packs of 6, 24 and 35 balls, they contain 12 different ingredients, so attract a wide variety of birds. They also include Calvita, which is a vitamin and mineral supplement. If you only put out one type of bird food this autumn (and you should put out several really!) – make sure it’s this one!

 
 
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