Tuesday, February 20, 2018

15 Nov

Top Bird Care Tip for October – Last of the Summer Vine

The October garden is characterised by darker and shorter days. However, if we are lucky, we are sometimes blessed with an ‘Indian summer.’ The song thrush in particular relishes these dry and unseasonably warmer days.  During such days in October and November you may be fortunate enough to enjoy the presence and melody of the song thrush.

Generally, October tends to turn much cooler and during this time the garden bird feeders will become the focus of far more activity. As a result, you are likely to see top celebrities at the feeders such as Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Great tits and Blue tits. Mike Stentiford, MBE, in his latest article for Jersey Plants Direct, observes the October feeding activity around the bird table. Other birds, he says, you are likely to see are the ground-feedings species such as red-breasted Robins, Blackbirds and Dunnocks.

Mike, says the song thrush is ‘best known in springtime for its delightfully melodic yet repetitive song, these wonderful choristers often get a strong urge to offer us a tune or ten during fine dry days in October and November.’

It’s always a privilege to hear bird-song emanating from the bird table and the song thrush, is no exception. This bird is nowhere near as numerous as it was a century ago. But, at this time of year you’ll see the species ‘overcome its shyness by flirting around the base of the bird-table,’ according to Mike.

Similarly, Mike says, ‘over the past decade or so, Woodpigeons too appear to have overcome any previous shyness and are putting in far more regular attendances in and around the garden feeding station.’ Another good reason to keep your bird table clean and well-stocked full of goodies. You may even spot the Collard dove, which take note has a ‘really healthy appetite,’ according to Mike!

 Birds often depend on the food they get from our bird tables. It’s rewarding to see all kinds of birds get their nutrition from our bird tables. Birds have a lot to contend with in order to survive. Consider the song thrush, says Mike, ‘is doing its level best to survive in an ever challenging environment.’ If you are fortunate enough to enjoy the melodious tunes of this particular bird then you must enjoy every moment! Read Mike’s entire article here.


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