What are your garden birds up to in June?
We are still in the busiest part of the breeding season during June, and while birds won’t be feeding their chicks from bird feeders, they may use them to feed themselves during this frantic time. Blue Tit and Great Tit chicks will be the most obvious young birds at this time of year, with their noisy begging from tree tops.
You may also see Dunnocks, Robins and Blackbirds nesting again, as they will often attempt a second brood. For this they will need plenty of invertebrates for their chicks, leaving lawn unmown and hedges unclipped will help with this by making sure the insects have a place to live.
House Martins and Swifts will be back on their nest sites. House Martins need mud for building their nests – if it has been dry you might want to wet a patch of earth in your garden. This will bring in House Martins and might increase the chances of them nesting on your house!
This is also a time of year when many other animals are active. A perennial favourite of our gardens are Hedgehogs. The easiest way to provide for them is to leave a shallow tray of water and some dry or wet cat food. You may want to put it in a box with a hedgehog-sized hole to prevent cats from helping themselves. Again, making sure there are wild parts of your garden will mean they can find their own natural food.
What to Feed
- If you are new to feeding birds, you can choose a ‘year round’ bird food. This is suitable for all seasons and all popular garden birds. Peckish Complete Seed & Nut Mix has 12 varieties of high energy seeds and nuts and will attract a wide range of birds
- If you are keen to attract a specific type of bird, there are specific foods available. For example, a Robin mix blended with mealworms, naked oats and sunflowers hearts that are small and ideal for a Robin’s beak
How to Feed
- You will know how much food to put out based on how much is left. If the food is taking days to be eaten, simply reduce the amount you put out
- Use several feeding stations to reduce the amount of birds feeding in one spot
- If you use a feeding table, make sure to keep it clean
- Use a ground feeding tray if you prefer to place food on the ground . Just remember to remove any leftover food before nightfall to prevent attracting unwanted visitors
- Avoid putting feeders under garden features where birds may perch or roost
If you would like to learn more about understanding birds, in particular about changing bird populations visit the charity – British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)