Autumn can be a confusing time for garden bird lovers. The weather is getting colder, the leaves are falling from the trees, but the birds who’ve entertained you all summer may be noticeably absent from your bird table. what is going on with our garden birds in autumn? Don’t worry, there’s a very good reason why you may not see them around so much, and they’ll be back soon!
Although some birds moult throughout the year, August is prime moulting time for UK garden birds. It’s after the breeding season, before migration (for those that do) and the weather tends to be warm, so a lack of feathers isn’t quite so much of a problem. The moult is a challenging time for our birds, so let’s find out a bit more about the process and who we can support them through it.
Though our garden birds spent their days flitting through low branches, hopping around the lawn and handing off our feeders this isn’t where they choose to spend their nights. All of these places would be far too exposed to weather and predators to offer a good nights sleep. so where do the birds go at night?
Taking photographs of the birds in your garden can actually be a great place to start with wildlife photography. Although you could spend some money on a good camera, with a bit of planning and know-how, you can get great shots with a simple “point and shoot” camera or your smartphone. In this article, we’re going to show you how.
When you start to garden for wildlife, and put out food and water for the birds, you will start to notice a huge range of different feather visitors coming to your garden. But who is who? Is that little brown job a sparrow or a dunnock?
You can save money, cut food waste and increase the variety of birds in your garden by adding kitchen scraps to the birds table.
If you’ve not done it yet, grab a cold drink, take a seat in your garden or local park, watch listen and enjoy the birds. It’ll make your day.
You can start to feed birds at any time of the year. It is easy to create a feeding station in your back garden, whether using a tree to hang bird feeders or, making or purchasing a bird table. There are many options available.
Gardeners are always happy to see insect-eating birds. Anything that helps control the black fly, aphids and caterpillars which can ruin our flowers and munch through young veg is welcome. But insect and invertebrate numbers in drastic decline, our insectivorous birds can struggle to find the food they need to survive. So let’s take a look at which birds eat insects in our gardens and how can we help them.
Seeing, or more likely hearing the first baby birds in the garden each year, is such a treat. But what if you see a young bird without its parents? What should you do, and how can you help? In this article, we will take a closer look at how you can help baby birds in your garden. When you need to intervene and lend a hand, and when it’s better to let nature take its course.