What Bird Food Should You Use In Autumn?

As the seasons change, you will also notice a change in the wildlife in your area, especially the birds.

Autumn is no different and you might see more and more birds coming to your garden in search of food. If this is the case then you may be wondering, what bird food should you use in autumn?

migrating birds in autumn

Do Birds Need Feeding In Autumn?

In autumn the weather will start to get colder, and it will get dark a lot quicker, this will only get worse in winter. Because of the cold weather food can become harder to find especially when all the greenery has fallen off the trees and the ground is too hard for birds to find insects in.

The longer darker nights will mean birds have less and less time to hunt or to find food so getting all the nutrients they need to survive is going to become a much more difficult challenge for them.

This is why you need to feed the birds in autumn. The cold weather can take its toll on the birds well being and harsh winter can be a death sentence to some birds.

They need to be able to stay warm even in the coldest temperatures the UK winter will throw at them, this is why they need to eat food that is absolutely packed full of all the good fats and proteins they need to keep warm.

During autumn a lot of birds will be preparing to migrate to other countries with warmer climates so that they can spend their winters somewhere that will be safer and less dangerous for them.

Migrating can be a long, difficult journey and the birds will need a lot of energy if they want to make this momentous journey. You can help by leaving food out for the birds that will help them build their strength and make the long tiring flights they need to make.

Great tit bird on peanuts

What Bird Food Should You Use In Autumn?

In autumn birds need food the help them achieve certain tasks. You can help them by leaving out bird food weather on a bird table, in a bird feeder or anywhere else in your garden that is a safe place for birds to land and eat.

Different foods have different properties that can birds complete a variety of different tasks. Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Food, we have a range of bird food that is designed to help birds during these times, including:

Mixed Birdseed

Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Feed, we have a variety of mixed birds seeds available. our bags of mixed birds’ seeds are specially designed to give birds all the energy and protein that need to make long flights like they do in migration.

Mealworms For Birds

Some birds prefer easting insects, like mealworms, over birds’ seeds. That’s we sell both dried and live mealworms for birds so that the bird that visits your garden can have food that suits their natural diet.

Peanuts For Birds

Peanuts are one of the best foods you can feed the birds in your garden. They have all the good fats and proteins that birds need to stay strong healthy especially in the colder months. Remember, peanuts from regular shops often have flavourings and coating that are unsafe for birds, so always go to a bird food specialist when buying peanuts for birds.

Plain Wild Bird Seeds

Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Feed, we have a wide variety of different seeds for you to choose from. Our plain wild bird seeds are perfect for any bird that is visiting your garden, whether they are preparing to fly south for the winter, or if they are planning to say for the colder months.

Suet For Birds

Our range of suet products are the perfect thing to leave out for the birds as the weather gets colder. suet is full of fat which birds need to store and keep warm in the winter.

Sunflower Seeds For Birds

Sunflower seeds are possibly the healthiest thing you can feed the birds that come to your garden. They have a soft shell that the birds will need to breakthrough, which is great for strengthening their beak. If the birds that come to your garden are little on the small side and don’t have the strength or power to break the shells, then you can buy sunflower hearts. Sunflower hearts are just the meaty insides of the sunflower seed that have all the good proteins and necessary calories that birds need to stay strong and healthy all year round.

sunflower heart seeds

It’s autumn which means there are some big changes happing in nature. Autumn is where British wildlife starts to prepare the upcoming winter and the colder, harsher weather this brings.

There are so many wonderful sights to see and experience in the UK in autumn so here are some of out autumn wildlife highlights.

Beautiful Multi-coloured Trees

During autumn the leaves on the trees change colour. they go from rich luscious green to bright vibrant reds and oranges. These gorgeous warming colours can brighten up any autumnal walk or hike.

This is because as it gets colder, the chlorophyll in the leaves starts to fade leaving behind other pigments called carotenoids and anthocyanins. Eventually these leaves will dry up and fall of the tree and might even make a fun crunching sound when you step on them.

Autumn trees by lake

Hibernating Hedgehogs and Other Creatures

Winter can get very cold in the UK and for some creatures these temperatures are just too much for them. this is why some UK wildlife, like hedgehogs, prefer to hibernate throughout the winter months.

Hedgehogs will start to build nests around October and November. They do this by piling up twigs and leaves to make a warm cosy nest. you can help by leaving any twigs, small branches and fallen leaves out for hedgehogs to find.

If you see a pile of twigs and leaves, always check to make sure there isn’t someone hibernating in there before you go to movie it. In some cases, hedgehogs have been known to cosy up in garden sheds and unlit bonfires, so always be on the look out for our sleepy little friends.

Baby Seals

Autumn is when mother seals give birth to their pups. To do this the female grey seals needs to come on to shore and they often do this on the quieter Welsh beaches.

When baby seals are born, they aren’t grey like their parents, but are white and fluffy. If you see a seal pup on the beach it can be very tempting to approach and pet it, but you should never approach a baby seal or its mother.

Make sure you wrap up warm and watch from a safe location if you do plan going seal spotting.

Baby seal on the beach

Starling Murmuration

As the months get colder starlings will start to gather in huge flocks or murmuration’s. These huge flocks move in fast swooping motions and create beautiful eye catching patterns in the sky.

Sometimes as many as 50,000 starlings can be flying unison, but there are plenty of smaller murmuration’s that you might be able to see from your own garden. The often fly either early the morning or just before dusk.

Migrating Birds Returning For Winter

When we think of winter, we think all the amazing summer birds we see in our gardens, flying south to escape the cold winters. But what we often forget is, plenty of birds fly to the UK for the winter.

There are birds that live in colder countries that migrate to UK to avoid the much harsher climates of their home countries, preferring the UKs comparatively milder winters.

Birds that migrate to the UK include some species of Robin Red Breast; they typically start arriving as early as September so keep an eye our for our vibrant little feathered friend.

Don’t forget to keep leaving food out for the bird son your garden, even if the birds you usually feed in summer have flown south, there are pliantly of birds visiting for the winter that need feeding too.

Here at Kenedy Wild Bird Food, we have all kinds of bird food. All our bird food is specially designed to make sure that the birds that visit your gardens and eat at your bird feeders are getting all the nutrients they need.

We have a wide verity of bird food including:

Mixed Birdseed

We sell a range of mixed birds seeds with every mix specially designed to either suit a particular bird or help with a particular part of the bird’s diet.

Mealworms For Birds

We sell both dried and live mealworms for birds. We also sell a specially designed mealworm bird feeder.

Peanuts For Birds

The peanuts we sell for birds are different from the ones you find in supermarkets. It’s important you only feed birds food that has been tested so that is it not harmful to them. We have a variety of peanuts for birds including peanuts both with and without shells.

Plain Wild Bird Seeds

We get a variety of different seeds from a range of different plants and food mixes including maize, oats and raisins.

Suet For Birds

Suet is a great alternative to dry foods. Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Feed we a have a variety of different suet products like suet pellets, fat balls and filled coconut shells.

Sunflower Seeds For Birds

Sunflower seeds are possibly the best thing you possibly feed to your garden birds. They are full of all the nutrients and good fats birds need to stay healthy. We have sunflower hearts, sunflower heart chips and black sunflower seeds.

woodpecker on feeder

It’s Halloween! People are dressing up as goblins and ghouls, carving pumpkins into silly faces and best of all people are gathering to tell each other spooky ghost stories!

But if you want to know some really spooky stories then look no further than nature and wildlife. Here are some real spooky bird facts for Halloween that are garneted to send shivers down your spine!

1.Some Pelicans Can Swallow Birds Whole

Great White Pelicans are some big birds and are known for their iconic huge beaks. there huge beaks can act like giant pouches and fishing nets.

Usually, pelicans will open their mouths whilst flying low over the ocean and use they mouth k=like fishing nets to scoop up food and fish along the way.

Sometimes however, pelicans go looking for food elsewhere and if they open their beaks wide enough they can fit a whole smaller bird in their beak and can swallow it whole.

A Pelican

2. There Are Gangs Of Killer Chicken

Vulturine Guinea Fowl are relatives of chickens, and they are also very very deadly. Vulturine Guinea Fowl hunt in groups and have very sharp beaks that are perfect for capturing and eating small mammals.

On top of that they have sleek dark feathers, a bauld head and bright red eyes, giving them a scary spooky appearance.

3. Birds Can Be Blood Drinking Vampires

Birds like the Hood Mocking Bird and the appropriately named Vampire Finch have a very strange diet, other birds blood!

The Hood Mocking Bird is found in places like the Galapagos islands which sadly doesn’t have enough moisture for the Hood Mocking Bird to drink. That’s why they have adapted to have sharped tipped beaks so they can pierce the skin on other birds and drink their blood.

The Vampire Finch takes this one step furth. The Vampire Finch grabs onto its host and uses its sharp beak to drink the hosts blood. As the Vampire Finch is such a small, light bird which such a tight grip its almost impossible to shake it off.

A Vampire Coffin In A Garden

4. Birds Can Use Siron Songs To Lure Prey To Their Deaths

In spooky stories, myths and legends, sirens are beautiful creatures, often depicted as mermaids, that would lure soldiers to their death with a beautiful siren songs.

Turns out some birds do the same thing. The Great Gray Shrike is a relative of the crow and has a very unusual way of luring prey.

The Great Gray Shrike will mimic a songbird’s mating call. The songbird will then think there is a potential mate calling for them. The Great Gray Shrike hides and when the songbird is close enough, it will strike.

The scariest part is, The Great Gray Shrike isn’t really a raptor or bird of prey. This means it doesn’t have the talons needed to kill the prey. Instead, The Great Gray Shrike implies its prey in the nearest sharp surface, like a thorny bush or barbed wire fence.

Eventually the prey will fall apart and The Great Gray Shrike will consumes it.

5.  More Than 10% Of Bird Species Are Endangered

One the scariest and definitely the saddest spooky bird fact is that more than 10% of bird species are endangered. The IUCN has recognized 742 bird species in recent years, and at least 11% of those species have been found to be threatened or endangered.

sparrow birds eating peanuts

What Can I Do To Help Birds?

There are several things that are impacting birds and their numbers, and one of these things is a lack of food.

Several factors like climate change and human urban explosions are negatively impacting birds precious feed and hunting grounds. can help birds that are struggling to find food by leaving bird food out for local wildlife in your garden.

You should really only feed them food that is designed for birds. Whilst it’s probably safe to feed them household items or supermarket products, using a bird food specialist is the only way to guarantee the food is 100% safe for birds to eat.

Here at Kenedy Wild Bird Food, we have all kinds of bird food. All our bird food is specially designed to make sure that the birds that visit your gardens and eat at your bird feeders are getting all the nutrients they need.

It’s autumn which means the days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and food supplies are starting to dwindle for our feathered friends.

If this is the case, should you increase bird feed in autumn?

Do Birds Need Feeding In Autumn?

Some people believe that birds don’t need feeding in autumn, but this isn’t necessarily true. Whilst a lot of plants and trees tend to bear fruit in autumn, food is always tricky to find for our feathered friends, no matter what the weather.

Birds will always need to find food and you helping to feed them won’t ever be a hindrance to them. Even if there is plenty of food around, birds will always be grateful for a little more food here and there, especially as the weather gets colder and they need to start preparing for their harsher colder months.

You can read more debunked myths about feeding the birds here.

woodpecker bird on feeder

Should You Increase Bird Feed In Autumn?

As the weather gets colder, birds need to start preparing for the colder months ahead. There are plenty of reasons birds might need to feed in these colder months.

A lot of birds tend to migrate. This means they are flying to a country or location with a warmer climate so that they don’t have to face the frosty cold winters we have here in Britain. Even if they are going to a warmer place, they will still need to build up their energy in order to make the trip.

These flights can be long and difficult, especially for some of our smaller garden birds that aren’t used to flying for long periods of time. They will need to store up as much energy as possible so it’s a good idea to leave out food that is high in protein so that they can have the energy they need to make the long difficult journey.

Food that is high in protein for birds’ includes sunflower seeds or other bird seeds mixes.

Not all birds migrate, a lot of garden birds in Britain tend to stay all through the cold months. In some cases, like with the Robin Red Breast, birds will come to Britain from much colder countries and spend the winter here.

As the weather can get quite cold in the hight of winter, it’s important that the birds that visit your garden are able to store up good fats that will help keep them warm.

Foods that contain these good healthy fats include any nuts, but especially peanuts, and fatty food like suet balls and pellets.

What Should I Feed The Birds In Autumn?

Birds have very versatile and very adaptable diets but you should still be careful when deciding what to feed them.  Here at Kenedy Wild Bird Feed, all of the bird food is not only safe for birds to eat but also provides them with the much-needed nutrients they need to survive. Some of our specially designed bird feed includes:

Mixed Birdseed

We sell a range of mixed birds seeds with every mix specially designed to either suit a particular bird or help with a particular part of the bird’s diet.

Mealworms For Birds

We sell both dried and live mealworms for birds. We also sell a specially designed mealworm bird feeder.

Peanuts For Birds

The peanuts we sell for birds are different from the ones you find in supermarkets. It’s important you only feed birds food that has been tested so that is it not harmful to them. We have a variety of peanuts for birds including peanuts both with and without shells.

Plain Wild Bird Seeds

We get a variety of different seeds from a range of different plants and food mixes including maize, oats and raisins.

Suet For Birds

Suet is a great alternative to dry foods. Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Feed we have a variety of different suet products like suet pellets, fat balls and filled coconut shells.

Sunflower Seeds For Birds

Sunflower seeds are possibly the best thing you possibly feed to your garden birds. They are full of all the nutrients and good fats birds need to stay healthy. We have sunflower hearts, sunflower heart chips and black sunflower seeds.

If you want to know more about how you can help the wildlife in your garden this autumn then check out our blog full of Autumn Wildlife Care Tips!

It’s autumn! This means that things are changing in nature, leaves are changing colour, the nights are getting longer, and the temperature is dropping.

These changes in nature can lead to changes for our feathered friend’s other wildlife that comes to visit in our gardens. It’s important to be mindful of wildlife in autumn and to know how to help our garden wildlife as the season change.

Here our Autumn Wildlife Care Tips.

Robin bird in autumn

If You Have A Pond, Be Careful It Doesn’t Freeze Over.

If you have a pond or water feature that doesn’t have constantly running water, it could freeze over. If your pond freezes over this can be a real issue for some of the animals who use it.

If you have frogs and other aquatic wildlife that live in your pond, they can get trapped under the water if the pond freezes over. Sometimes, decaying and rotting leaves can get trapped with them under the ice and realises emissions that can be toxic to some animals.

Birds need water all year round so if you have a pond, or birdbath, they can freeze and leave the bird without water to drink from or bathe in.

You need to check your pond regularly to make sure there isn’t too much debris in the way, this is especially important in autumn when more leaves are falling from trees and increase wind speeds can blow debris into the pond.

You can place a few golf balls or tennis balls in the pond to prevent it from freezing over making it safer for pond life and giving the birds somewhere to drink and bathe.

blackbird in bird bath

Be Mindful Of Animals Making Homes For Their Hibernation

When the weather gets colder, animals start making their preparations for hibernation.

Birds don’t hibernate so they will be nesting and preparing to make their nest as secure and as warm as possible. If the weather is partially harsh in autumn, if there are heavy rains or strong winds, birds might need to repair and rebuild their nests more than they usually would.

If there are a lot of twigs or sticks in your garden, you can use them to help the wildlife. Instead of throwing them away, leave the twigs where they are and birds can use them to make, rebuilt and repair their nests.

You can place the larger sticks in piles and smaller garden wildlife, like a hedgehog, might choose to use them for shelter. If you do have piles or bubbles of sticks in your guards, always check them for animals before disturbing them, especially if you are planning of disposing of the sticks or use them in a bonfire.

There are other places animals might choose to hibernate. unused plant pots, piles of leaves, compost bins and garden sheds are popular hibernation spots for wildlife.

wood land in autumn

Remember To Feed The Birds In Autumn

Some people believe that you don’t have to feed birds in autumn. This isn’t true and you need to keep feeling the birds all year round.

In autumn the weather gets colder, and birds need to be able to keep their strength and energy up. They need to be able to keep warm as the weather gets harsh and they need a diet of good fats and vital proteins to be able to do this.

When the weather gets colder, some trees and plants stop baring food that wild birds can eat and the ground can freeze or be too hard for birds to dig for food. Leaving food out for the birds in your garden can be a huge help to these birds that might be struggling to find food and keep their energy up.

Here at Kenedy Wild Bird Food, we have all kinds of bird food. All our bird food is specially designed to make sure that the birds that visit your gardens and eat at your bird feeders are getting all the nutrients they need.

We have a wide verity of bird food including:

Mixed Birdseed

We sell a range of mixed birds seeds with every mix specially designed to either suit a particular bird or help with a particular part of the bird’s diet.

Mealworms For Birds

We sell both dried and live mealworms for birds. We also sell a specially designed mealworm bird feeder.

Peanuts For Birds

The peanuts we sell for birds are different from the ones you find in supermarkets. It’s important you only feed birds food that has been tested so that is it not harmful to them. We have a variety of peanuts for birds including peanuts both with and without shells.

Plain Wild Bird Seeds

We get a variety of different seeds from a range of different plants and food mixes including maize, oats and raisins.

Suet For Birds

Suet is a great alternative to dry foods. Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Feed we a have a variety of different suet products like suet pellets, fat balls and filled coconut shells.

Sunflower Seeds For Birds

Sunflower seeds are possibly the best thing you possibly feed to your garden birds. They are full of all the nutrients and good fats birds need to stay healthy. We have sunflower hearts, sunflower heart chips and black sunflower seeds.