Bird feeding tips winter

As Ireland’s dreary autumn days are showing signs of rearing their ugly heads again, one way to add some excitement and colour to any garden is by getting involved with bird feeding. VR Gardens has compiled a list of 5 key bird feeding tips for beginners.

  1.       Keep It Visible

Bird feeding tips winter

Whilst it rings true that anyone thinking about introducing a bird feeder or a bird table into their garden should keep it out in the open, the birds will want to be aware of any potential predators in the area. However, that does not mean that the feeder should be tucked away in the back of the garden where it can only be visible through binoculars. Any birds interested in paying your feeder a visit will have no problem getting close to your house as long as they have no reason to feel threatened. Placing the feeder outside the kitchen window for example would be the perfect spot to observe some species while you carry on with other jobs throughout the day.

  1.       Keep Feeding

Bird feeding tips winter

Beginners shouldn’t get frustrated if after the first few instances the feeder has drawn little attention. Birds will take time to adjust to this new source of food in their lives, but after a while they will begin to rely on it as part of their daily intake. It’s important to maintain your feeder, especially during autumn time as bird’s main sources of food begin to decline and become much more difficult for them to obtain. As a result it’s vital that you replenish the feed whenever needed to keep the birds fed until their usual food sources are plentiful again in the springtime.

  1.       Mix It Up

Bird feeding tips winter

The staple bird feed consists of a high quality seed mix and some peanuts. This combination will work in attracting a select few species, such as the robin and sparrow, but in order to increase the variety of species it’s important to add more specialist foods into the feeder mix, such as mealworms, suet cakes as well as some dried and fresh fruit. This will help cater to a wider variety of bird diets and as a result you’ll see more bird species visiting your feeder in no time.

  1.       Quality Over Quantity

Bird feeding tips winter

Using a high quality bird feed filler ensures that birds are getting the most out of the food that you are putting out for them. High end bird food tends to cost a little more but includes less “filler” ingredients such as wheat, which is an ingredient in some of the cheaper bird feeds currently on the market. These cheaper grains are also scattered around by the birds as they seek something more nutritious in the feeder itself, making a mess for you to clean up before it attracts unwanted pests like rats. The high quality bird feed may seem expensive, but it’ll save you in the long run in both time and pocket.

  1.       Keep Them Hydrated

Bird feeding tips winter

Water can be difficult to find for birds deep into autumn, so providing them with a ready supply is just as important as their feed. Providing somewhere for them to drink and bathe saves them energy in the harsh winter months ahead and gives you the chance to see another bird behaviour besides feeding.
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