Winter Bird Feeding - Keep Your Garden Birds Safe
We all know how much wild birds need a good reserve of food in the winter months, especially now as the weather has noticeably turned colder. But we have prepared a good few tips to keep your garden birds safe this winter.
- Keep Your Bird Feeders Topped up + Clean:
During the winter months, birds can expend vast amounts of energy in an attempt to keep warm. As temperatures plummet to around freezing it is though birds need to eat their entire body weight in food on a daily basis! So foods with more energy in them per mouthful are also more beneficial. Think any suet and or sunflower hearts for the best food to energy ratio.
This might sound obvious but more and more illnesses are spreading around birds across the UK, which can devastate entire flocks during the winter months. Bird feeders and bird baths if not cleaned can harbour mould and bacteria that can spread disease. So remember, it’s best to clean your feeder before every fill.
- Take steps to prevent window collisions:
A real danger to wild birds is by injuring themselves flying into glass, especially when fleeing predators. Specially designed window clings (stickers) can stop birds from doing this. They attach to windows cleanly without the use of adhesive; this avoids marks being left behind when removing them. You can get stickers with some lovely designs of your favourite wild birds, or you can even get see-through ones! As birds see in UV (ultraviolet light), the clear stickers contain the UV in the shape of a bird which is enough to put them off flying into them!
- Reposition Bird Feeders
If you have big birds prowling your garden its best to protect the little ones by moving your feeder so it’s nearby plants, hedges or trees which act as an escape tactic for the little ones! The other thing you can do is help recreate the bird’s natural habitat by building a brush pile nearby. Simply collate some broken branches and twigs together into a pile. This can act like a little fort for the smaller birds and can help them grow in confidence, knowing there is a safe place should they need one.
- Keep the cats away:
A childhood watching Tom & Jerry, as well as Sylvester and Tweety Pie, taught us that these two animals don’t have the most amicable relationship! Make sure to keep feeders high if you have a cat or live in a neighbourhood with a high cat population! Also, you can always use caged feeders or squirrel proof ones; if it will block a squirrel it will block a cat!
This article was written by our very own Hilary Wiles. If you have any questions or queries regarding the article you can email Hilary direct on firstname.lastname@example.org.