Taking Care Of Garden Birds This Winter
Written by: Anthony Denton | Friday 2nd November 2018
As we move into the winter period many animals begin to hibernate to avoid the harsh weather and scarce food supply. However, for your garden birds this is not the case, with the majority sticking out the winter, foraging for food and shelter. At Coolings Green & Pleasant we want to offer you our top tips to help your garden birds during this winter:
- Selecting the right food source– Choosing the right food is key, as well as making sure that it is regularly supplied. If you have a large following of birds in your garden is important to continue to restock bird feeders, as many birds return to spots where they have previously found food. Each journey they make wastes precious energy, so make sure that there is something left in your feeders. During winter it also important to choose seed blends that do not have husks as this requires extra effort for your birds. In-store, we have a wide range of seeds and suet for individual species! This includes a ‘Rockin Robin Feast’ blend specifically for Robins and other insect loving birds.
- Ensure a supply of freshwater– Although this might seem like common sense, your garden birds do need a regular supply of freshwater. This for bathing and drinking, with both becoming impossible during freezing conditions. Add a little lukewarm water to birdbaths just to ensure a regular supply for your birds!
- Provide shelter– Giving your birds a save space during the winter nights can drastically increase the survival rate of your winged friends. Your nest box should not be empty, covering the bottom with a healthy layer of moss and clean dry leaves should encourage more birds to stay. Also, don’t be disheartened if your bird box is not immediately being used. Often birds will take a couple of seasons to familiarise themselves with a box before using it to roost. If you need any help selecting the right bird box for your garden please come talk to one of our lovely staff in-store.
- Cleaning feeders– In the same way that your garden pots and beds need to maintained, it’s important to not ignore you bird feeders. During cold wet winters feeders can become clogged and frozen, making it impossible for birds to get to the seeds. Maintaining your feeders will keep the birds returning to your garden.
- Listen out– The most common songbirds; chaffinches, wrens, tits and thrushes, all have distinctive songs that can easily be recognised. By figuring out which songbirds are in your garden, you will able to get the correct food to suit their needs!