What happened to the dawn chorus?
Did you notice the absence of bird song this morning?
Well, as most of the wild birds in your garden have found a mate and started a family by now, they don't need to sing to attract anyone new. So from around mid July (and today is the 14th) the mornings become a little quieter.
This morning at 5am the only songs were a Robin a Wood pigeon and a cockerel, you will still hear some birds throughout the day but mainly they are setting about the business of feeding the young chicks or fledglings.
Feeding wild birds in your garden is an ideal way to get to know what wild birds are around and it is just as important to feed them in July as it is in the winter months. They are looking for high energy food that can sustain them in their flight to and from the nest to feed their young. As soon as the young birds have fledged they will bring them to your wild bird feeders and teach them how to feed. This is a wonderful time of year for watching wild birds as they bring the young ones into your garden and show them around, we have Blackbirds that love the veg patch and so they bring their young into the veg patch and show them how to dig for worms, they know to wait until I have disturbed the earth with my hoe or dug up some veg with my fork, then they move in alongside the Robin who is always there sitting watching me from the fence post.
One problem to be aware of at this time of year is bird strikes on the windows, as they young are not too sure of themselves they will often head straight for the window. A good way to help prevent this is the use of window alerts
, they are reactive to ultra violet light and so only the birds see them, we just see a transparent sticker that is shaped like a leaf or bird, they are only £5.95 for four (enough for a patio door).