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Feeding Garden Birds During Winter

By Angela @daisyangel1
As the colder months arrive those birds in the garden that have chosen to over winter in Britain, may need a little help. A supply of bird food and a bird bath full of water will help keep them healthy and regular visitors to the garden.

Peckish 5-1 wild bird seed

Peckish 5-1 wild bird seed 

Recently I purchased a bird feeder that sticks onto a window, allowing you can see the birds up close. It took quite a while before it was discovered, but now Mr Robin visits several times a day. It really is a pleasure to see him up close. 

Bird Seed Feeder for Window

This bird seed feeder is only visited by a Robin

In my garden:-

  • Tits in particular enjoy the fat balls, as do blackbirds. 
  • Wrens and Robins like to eat seed on the floor or on a flat surface such a bird table. Or a feeder like the one that sticks onto your window. 
  • Robins, Blackbirds and Tits all enjoy the peanut feeder too.

Feedem Wild Bird Seed

Great choice of wild bird seed from Feedem

I have recently received some wild bird seed from Feedem pet supplies, very handy having it delivered to the house. Bags of bird feed are quite heavy and me being rather petite I would never have tackled getting the bags home.

Special Johnston & Jeff Robin seed, that also contains insects should see my Mr Robin through the winter. I have also been using the Peckish 5-1 wild bird seed. Now this has the husks removed so no sprouting seeds, also the large resealable bag made it easy to dip the feeder in to fill it without making a mess. 

I will be putting some of the Peckish Colourful seed in the  wild bird feeder in the plum tree, in the hope it will attract finches.

**Bird Newsflash** 

A possible sighting of a Black Cap was seen today by my sister, this is a new bird to the garden. The new bird seed is certainly having an impact, seen feeding on the Peckish 5-1 wild bird seed.

Window bird feeder

Window bird feeder in action - hello Mr Robin

The right seed for the right birds
There is a great deal of choice when it comes to bird seeds. Think about the birds you see regularly in your garden and ensure you cater for them, and of course those you wish to attract. 

If you want to avoid bird seed that falls onto the ground from sprouting then select seed that has had the husks removed. Quite often these are labelled as 'No Mess' bird seed.

Fat Ball Bird Feeder

Fat Balls galore

Look after your seed
Store your wild bird seed in a cool, dry and dark place such as a garage or shed. Make sure it is in a container that is well sealed and away from any mice looking for a free meal!

Clean your bird feeder to prevent the spread of diseases, make sure you remove any mouldy bird food too.

You can prevent the build up of mouldy seed, by not over filling your feeder. Just put out enough for a few days and then replenish it.

I hope like me you will see many birds visit your garden over the winter months. Keep feeding them, and also ensure they have some water to bathe in.  
Disclosure: I was sent bags of Wild Bird Seed from feedem for the purposes of this article.

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