Bird Feeding Tips - Ivel Valley Bird Food
TOP TIPS TO ATTRACT AND FEED BIRDS IN YOUR GARDEN
- Feed only high quality food from reputable suppliers.
- Avoid cheaper mixes which have a high % of lower cost grains such as wheat and even barley.
- Premium mixes typically contain peanuts, sunflower hearts, dried insects and sometimes suet.
- Use specialist feeders to minimise waste and discourage vermin such as squirrel proof feeders.
- Site feeders in the open, but near enough to some cover for the birds to hide if necessary.
- Make sure feeders are not accessible to cats.
- Use mesh feeders for peanuts and cage feeders for suet balls and suet blocks.
- Use plastic, ported feeders for seed mixes, sunflower seeds and hearts and nyger seed etc.
- Make sure that water is always available, especially during frosty weather.
- Keep offering food once you have started – birds come to rely on it in cold weather.
- Make sure food is all year round from autumn to spring.
- Birds especially need support in the winter, in the breeding season and pre migration.
TOP TIPS TO ATTRACT AND FEED BIRDS IN THE WINTER
- Besides offering food and water, planting shrubs for shelter will improve the habitat.
- Berry bearing shrubs and fruit trees will attract blackbirds and winter thrushes (redwing & fieldfare).
- Ground feeds are particularly useful for attracting thrushes and blackbirds.
- Specialist high quality suet pellets can be ground or table fed as well as with a mesh feeder.
- Look for high energy mixes and these can be fed in tubular plastic feeders
- Supplement feeding with high quality suet treats typically fed in cage feeders.
- Make sure feeders can’t be blown down – use poles or specialist hangers
- Likewise secure the bird table so it doesn’t blow over.
- A varied garden habitat will provide plenty of natural food as well as shelter.
- Birds are up very early so make sure feeders are filled ready for the morning
- Do thaw out the water after a frost but don’t put out hot water.
TOP TIPS TO ATTRACT AND FEED ROBINS IN YOUR GARDEN
- Robins are territorial – most gardens will have one!
- Plenty of shrubs for cover will give robins shelter and natural food.
- Robins can be attracted to feed with dried or live food such as mealworms.
- With patience you can get a robin very tame using mealworms.
- Robins will also take suet pellets and special mixes from a bird table.
- Robins can be attracted to breed with open-front nestboxes.
- Robins also like to nest in outbuildings, wood sheds – please make sure access is not stopped if they start using them.
- If you are lucky and they do breed – baby robins are brown and speckled.
TOP TIPS TO ATTRACT AND FEED FINCHES IN YOUR GARDEN
- Offer a good quality seed mix in a dedicated seed feeder or on a bird table.
- Nyger seed will attract goldfinches and redpolls.
- Be patient – it can take a long time for goldfinches to find a new food supply.
- Greenfinches also like to eat sunflower hearts from hanging feeders.
- Chaffinches prefer to eat from the ground or from a birdtable.
- Native trees like Alder will also attract finches in winter.
- Mixed flocks of finches and tits will often visit seed feeders or peanut feeders, especially in bad weather.
TOP TIPS TO ATTRACT AND FEED GROUND FEEDING BIRDS IN YOUR GARDEN.
- Use a low level feeder, preferably with plenty of drainage.
- Do not just scatter food on the ground (fruit is an exception to this rule).
- Make sure that the feeding site is not accessible to cats, dogs or vermin.
- Keep the feeding site tidy and remove spoilt food regularly
- Water can be offered in a shallow dish or bird bath.
- Use quality ground feed mixes or high suet content pellets