what will wild birds eat

Advice from the wildlife team on looking after your local feathered friends. From the best bird tables to helping prevent injuries and attacks.

Should I feed birds year-round?

Its not necessary. When birds need energy the most, such as during temperature extremes, migration, and in late winter or early spring when natural seed sources are exhausted, bird feeding is most beneficial.

Most birds don’t need your help in the summer. Many birds concentrate on eating insects while they are nesting and raising their young, so feeding is not as important. Avoid filling feeders during the summer as it is crucial for young birds to learn where to find naturally occurring food.

Two exceptions to this rule are hummingbirds and goldfinches. Your goldfinches, who nest later than other birds, can receive nyjer seed until thistles go to seed, and you can provide nectar in feeders for your summer hummers to help fuel their high metabolism.

What if I have to leave town?

Dont worry if you must stop feeding briefly. When you’re not around, wild birds will find other food sources in all but the worst weather, especially in suburban areas where there are other bird feeders nearby. However, if you reside in a remote or rural area, make arrangements for a neighbor to watch over the feeders while you are away for the winter.

Deterring cats and squirrels

You can shake some hot sauce (like Tabasco) or a lot of chilli powder over bird food. The chilli doesn’t bother birds, but most squirrels find it unbearable and will leave the food alone.

Although unsightly, 1. Larger birds will be kept at bay by a 5″ (4 cm) wire mesh surrounding the table, which can deter cats and squirrels. Alternatively, place an upside-down biscuit tin at the top of the table-supporting post.

Another option would be to use plastic bottles that have been fixed to rotate and slipped along the post, or one of the baffles or squirrel deterrents that are available from our store.

Scent deterrents can work well for cats. Try applying Silent Roar cat repellent, citronella, or citrus fruit peel in your garden.

what will wild birds eat