𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝘼𝙧𝙚 𝘼𝙡𝙡 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙞𝙧𝙙𝙨?
Alot of customers have been asking why the birds are no longer in their gardens as often as what they once were. There are a number of reasons why the birds have not been as active as normal.
Moulting is one of the reasons that you are not seeing the birds as often as before. Due to them loosing their feathers, flying can become an issue. This makes the birds vulnerable and easily accessible to predators which is why they stay close by their nests, hence why you may not see them on your feeders as frequently. During this time quite alot of birds will be seen eating from the floor, so something such as a groundcage feeder would be very helpful to allow the birds to be able to eat whilst feeling comfortable and safe.
When the breeding season has finished, you will notice that there are less birds in your garden flying around frantically. The noise of their song may have also disappeared as the males are no longer looking for a female. By August fledglings have pretty much all gone and left their parents. You may have noticed a large group of goldfinches for example 6-10 previously, but as the youngsters have now fledged, you may only see a smaller group of i.e. 2-4. Goldfinches are a very social bird, and can often be seen in more than pairs.
The British Weather
The weather has also played a big part in this. Due to the amount of rain that we have received and then some rather warm weather, the birds have been finding their own supply of food from the hedgerows which produce fruits, buds and seeds that they are happy to eat from and also any wriggly worms that they may find once the land has been harvested. This means that they are less likely to go out looking for food that will be in your gardens and just stick to feeding from where it is safe and the food is more accessible. Winter time is when you will see them back, as the natural supply of their Autumnal feast will be unavailable as everything will have been stripped of supplies, meaning they will be out hunting for food once again to help them get through the colder periods.
There are many gardens around the UK that have got predators in the area. These can be either sparrowhawks, larger birds and even cats and dogs. If you have got any predators in your garden, make sure that you do everything you can to try to encourage the birds to come back continually. Caged feeders are a good place to start, as only the smaller birds are able to get inside these feeders meaning they are safe from predators. Having your feeders on a garden pole or feeding station, away from any walls etc will help to stop any cats from climbing near them so they are unable to touch the birds. Having the feeder high enough is also important as cats can jump quite well!
What Can We Do To Help?
There a numerous things we can do to help encourage the birds back into our gardens. The main one is hygiene. Making sure that all your feeders are cleaned regularly, will encourage the birds back into your garden. Cleaning feeders is very important as this helps to stop any bacteria from breeding and stops any mould from growing, removing any old unwanted food will help this greatly. Another way is to make sure that your feeders are away from any potential predators i.e cats and dogs. If you are able to, hanging your feeders in the branches and under a large amount of cover will make it very difficult for any larger birds such as sparrowhawks, to try and hunt any smaller birds, giving them the best chance at survival. As mentioned above, caged feeders are a great way to help keep the smaller birds feel protected and safe.