At the is time of year, the wild birds in your garden start to look a little dishevelled, not surprising really as some are on their third brood of chicks.
We have a Robin that comes to us every day, he is looking really poor, lost his tail feathers and his other feathers are sticking out and generally he just looks worn out. Now this chap has access tosuet pellets like no other bird, we make sure there are plenty left out on the bit of wall he likes to visit and he starts early in the morning and is still around the wall in early evening, constantly fetching pellets for the rest of his family, it is amazing really, he never seems to stop and even though he eats plenty of suet pellets for birds and other wild bird seeds that we put out for him, he still looks so bad. I think it is just a clear demonstration of the effort these tiny birds put into rearing their family and the energy they need in their diet to keep going day after day.
Blackbirds are a larger bird and so can take more pressure, but some of them also are looking bedraggled, we feed our Blackbirds in another part of the garden using a ground feeder tray and they enjoy out Blackbird and Thrush Food, which has fruit and suet pellets in it, so they are getting a balanced diet.
All in all it sums up for us, why we need to feed our wild garden birds all year round. They need extra nutrition and energy during the long breeding season and then as soon as that is finished they have to gain energy and body condition to get ready for the Winter months – so please do think about feeding your garden birds at thie time of year