There seems to be a noticeable lacking in numbers of songbirds at this moment of the year. Especially Blackbirds and Thrushes, now this could suggest the weather forecasters have got it right and that the El-Nino weather system is in the right position this year to give us a very cold Winter - if this is the case then the birds intuition is serving them well. Blackbirds tend to be partial migrants, sometimes they just pop south within the UK for a month or so, others they stay locally, it depends on the season. Looking around us here in Shropshire right now, there is an abundance of berries on the trees, fruit is plentiful and of course mild temperatures (so far - 17th November) with no frost or snow. So the resident songbirds are enjoying life right now, but there seems few of them in our gardens. one reason could be they are staying in the fields and hedgerows more this year.
If the birds are staying in the countryside, then we need to be aware that they need our help at a moments notice, if the weather turns cold and the ground is covered with frost or snow, the food sources will deplete rapidly and the birds will soon be looking in our gardens again. British Bird Food have a Blackbird and Thrush mix that is perfect for feeding the songbirds in your gardens. With high energy ingredients including suet pellets and nutritionally beneficial fruit they have all the nutrients and fibre they need to survive the coldest of Winters with you in your garden.
Equally as important as the songbird food is a clean fresh supply of ice free water, the birds need this to drink every day and to bathe in when the weather permits, allowing them to preen their feathers and clean up their overall condition to survive the Winter. Remember, Blackbirds will start to pair up as early as January, so no sooner does it seem that we were thinking about them going away, but they are flying around our gardens looking for mates and nesting sites and in February they will be building nests and starting the whole breeding season off again.