Garden Birds

Where would we be without our garden birds? They provide amusement, colour, music, tragedy and sorrow all on your doorstep.

Birds that come into the garden can be helped by providing:

1) Food - Best is usually what nature provides in the form of berries from growing trees and bushes. When these are spars  during the winter months it will help to give them bought nuts and seeds.

If they get good nutrition during the winter they are in a better condition to fight off the elements and for breeding the next generation.

2) Water - leaving out many shallow containers to collect rainwater for them to drink or have a bath in. Also a bird bath may help but they may  choose their own spot which could be a large deeper plant pot saucer or a muddy puddle.

3) Shelter - giving them somewhere to roost or make nests for their young in bird boxes, trees and/or shrubs.

Adjacent gardens can have totally different birds visiting depending on the plants that are grown in each one.

In my last two houses I have been near woodland so usually have larger birds.

Types of Garden Birds

Green Woodpecker
Blue Tit
Blackbird
Magpie

Attracting Birds into the Garden

Birds like to feel safe and not too vulnerable when making their nests. A single tree that can be scaled by the local felines just will not be suitable. Their preference would be a prickly hedge where they can get deep inside where any mammals or other larger birds would have difficulty in reaching them.

Plants can be placed in groups of three a bit like a triangle so they can grow and produce a dense inner sanctuary, prickles or not.

Food is another major issue so plant trees and a variety of shrubs that have different berries for them to eat when the seasons change.

Plant Trees or Shrubs

It is good to plant trees that are suitable for your garden size, for your enjoyment and practical for birds and wildlife.

Ideally it would be one that has blossom in the Spring for the bees, shade to sit underneath for the person and fruit of some sort like berries, apples, cherries etc for the birds.

Birch Tree 

Holly Tree or Shrub

Mountain Ash or Rowan Tree

Crabapple

Pyracantha 

Cotoneaster

Blackthorn 

Hawthorn

The above list is just a few trees and shrubs that will attract birds into the garden along with the other elements mentioned previously.

Resident or Migrating Birds 

Some birds will remain in the UK all the time and in all seasons. These are our resident birds like the Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Magpie and Sparrow to name a few.

There are also the birds that spend part of the year in the UK and then overwinter elsewhere and these are the migrating birds such as Swallows, House Martin and Cuckoo to name some.

One year many years ago Europe was having a really bad winter and a lot of their starlings came to the UK. Starlings in the UK stay all year but these swelled their numbers.

I was living in an area that were treated to wonderful murmurations in the evenings. The only downside was having to wash the cars daily and hoping nothing landed on you when walking home until they roosted.


Enjoy watching your garden birds

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