Feeding Birds In Summer

Many people have been led to believe that feeding wild birds in the summer makes them lazy and stops them from looking for food. This simply isn’t true and to demystify this myth we have provided 5 reasons for feeding wild birds in the summer months.


 1. Watch your birds grow

 2. Summer birds need our help too

 3. You could see a new species of bird

 4. Summer days are longer

 5. Summer birds can be more colourful

  1. Watch your birds grow

During spring and early summer, wild birds are breeding and starting several new families. Once the chicks are encouraged to fledge you are likely to see them being led to your feeders. Because of this, you can be let in on the fledgling birds’ new experiences such as watching them transition from begging for food from their parents to feeding themselves and eventually going out on their own, albeit occasionally in little fledgling gangs.


Our specially formulated Fledgling Mix is a great way to give all the food they need to growing birds. We also have our Sunflower Chips and Peanut Granules, which are great as they are smaller sized bites while fledglings are developing.

Keeping a supply of Suet is also very beneficial to a bird's health and keeping their energy up. We have a wide range of suet from Pellets, to Suet Balls to Suet Feasts to choose from to feed to your feathered friends. Browse all of our suet here.


  1. Summer birds need our help too

It’s no secret that some species of garden bird will only visit the UK in certain seasons or months and generally winter is considered the season in which the birds most need our help. The truth of the matter though is that birds spend as much if not more energy at breeding season than they do in the colder months.

We have had incredibly dry summers in recent years. Birds such as robins, blackbirds and woodpeckers all rely on feeding on worms and insects they find in the ground. These birds have really struggled so far this year as the ground is so hard and dry their beaks aren't able to penetrate through to find their much-needed food source. This is why in the summer months especially leaving out live or dried mealworms will really help make a difference. 

It is also worth bearing in mind that at any point of the year there is likely to be a species of bird that will appreciate any food left out for them. Many summer visitors have flown very long distances to reach our gardens, the least we can do to help is to offer them an easy meal! 


  1. You could see a new species of bird

Many of the summer visitors to the UK are quite hard to come across, some of them are even on people’s ‘must see’ list. The only way to have a chance of seeing these birds in the wild without going out of your way to track them down is to bring the birds to you. 

You could be surprised at what species of bird can be attracted to your garden with the right bird food. We love hearing stories and seeing pictures about the range of visitors to your gardens send yours in to info@brinvale.com!


  1. Summer days are longer

It’s a well-known fact that in the UK our longest days are in the summer. This means that when feeding summer birds you are given more hours of daylight in which to watch them. On some of the longest summer days, you could even manage to watch the birds feeding in full daylight from the small hours of the morning until late at night.



  1. Summer birds can be more colourful

During the breeding season, every male bird is looking to attract a mate and this generally means that they have to start showing off. One of the main ways for male birds to show off is through their plumage. This is often much more distinctive than their regular look, making them considerably easier to spot and identify.

Feeding birds in the summer is not particularly different from the rest of the year. Providing a mixture of seeds, nuts, suet and other high energy foods is likely to keep all of your summer visitors in good health and top condition. 

If you ever have any questions or queries about feeding your birds please do not hesitate to get in touch by writing to info@brinvale.com or calling 01664 823230.


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