Wednesday, May 23, 2018

18 Jan

The Big Garden Birdwatch!

Are you able to identify your garden birds?  

You're likely to see Robins this month, marking their territory by singing.

You're likely to see Robins this month, marking their territory by singing.

This time of year, there’s nothing more valuable to a common bird than your garden. When temperatures drop below freezing, the insects, berries and seeds that garden birds usually feast on will become off limits thanks to frost and snow. Providing them with food and nesting sites is essential for their survival and to ensure your garden birds successfully produce a new generation next spring. 

Get involved with RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch the last weekend of January and help the charity keep track of bird populations in the UK. Take an hour to wrap up warm and sit back in your garden to record the highest number of each species seen at one time. The RSPB is keen to see what kind of impact last year’s harsh winter had on bird populations. Will the number of house sparrows plummeted this year to make way for the more weather tolerant waxwings and fieldfares? It’s your chance to help identify which birds are at the top of this year’s list 

Remember- not all birds like to use feeders. Scatter some seed on the ground!

Remember- not all birds like to use feeders. Scatter some seed on the ground!

Click here  to take a look at RSPB’s bird identifier so you know the name of every feathered visitor you see!
When you’re finished taking note of your garden birds you can click here to sign up and publish your results. 

Welcome birds into your garden in the lead up to the Big Garden Birdwatch with feed from Jersey Plants Direct! We aim to give you the best value bird feed with free delivery within 10 days of receipt of order on all bird care products.

Use feed to invite birds into your garden this month; it’ll make your bird watching hour as exciting as possible and really make the difference to your garden birds! 

Here are last year’s top 5 spotted birds and what they love to eat!  

  • House sparrows are easy to feed; they will eat scraps or any type of seed you give them! Take a look at our seed collection here. Birds can eat certain left over’s but not everything! Try food such as- grated cheese, porridge oats, soft fruit, cooked rice, unsalted bacon and the inside of cooked potatoes.
  • Blackbird’s love to eat insects, worms and berries. Mealworms are great for blackbirds as are our fruity energy balls- perfect for getting them through the winter!
  • Starlings prefer to eat insects and fruit. Like blackbirds, our 50 Choice Fruity Energy Balls and mealworms are perfect for starlings. It’s great to add pastry and porriage oats to bird feed to keep up those calories!

    Don't forget to keep a constant supply of clean water in your bird bath!

    Don't forget to keep a constant supply of clean water in your bird bath!

  • Blue Tit’s are seen as one of the most colourful common garden birds. Why not welcome them into your garden with Choice Premium Peanut Kernels, sit back and enjoy watching these colourful feathered friends.
  • Chaffinch‘s, like Blue Tit’s are one of the UK’s most colourful birds. They don’t openly eat from bird feeders; you’re more likely to see them hoping around under the bird table- so keep your eyes peeled! Chaffinches eat insects and seeds- so mealworms and any of our seeds are perfect for helping them through the next few months.

Don’t forget to keep your bird baths filled with water for drinking and bathing! 

There’s plenty more to get involved with throughout 2011 – bird watching walks; bird watching for kids, exhibitions, and much more. There’s something for everyone and plenty of chances to get involved and make a difference to your local wildlife.

Click here to see RSPB’s event calendar. 

Click here to view our feature writer Mike Stentiford’s article about the Big Garden Birdwatch!


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