As the Autumn draws in the nights are getting chilly, but we are enjoying a late warm spell during the day - what does this mean for our wild garden birds?
Most birds have fledged and left their warm Cosey nests a few weeks ago, they are fully equipped with feathers that will keep them warm up to an extent but if it comes really cold one night then they will start to deteriorate unless given a helping hand from our direction. The wild birds in a lot of gardens have been enjoying being fed throughout the Summer months and so are healthy and fit, they will withstand any of the weather that is in store for them as long as they can rely on the continuing supply of wild bird food.
However not all wild birds are so lucky, some have been out in the hedgerows and fields all their life and will have a plentiful supply of berries and harvest fallout like wheat and maze for the next few weeks, but as the weather gets colder and the days shorter, so does the supply of natural food for our garden bird species and so they start to look into our gardens for help and support.
Feeding wild birds in the garden or on your window ledge, it all helps them to survive. Feed mealworms, seed mixes, sunflower hearts, peanuts, black sunflower seeds, granulated peanuts, suet pellets or balls, or a mixture of everything. The birds won't mind what it is if they are hungry, but they will certainly be worse off if they don't see the wild bird food we put out for them. So it is a good idea to always feed the birds in the same place, that could be a window feeder or a squirrel proof bird feeder and you can use a bird feeding station to keep all of your birdseed feeders together. Just make sure there is a supply of fresh clean drinking water for the birds and that is all you need to do.