How To Identify Birds In Your Garden?

If you leave food out for the birds in your garden, you might find that more and more birds start to visit. As more and more birds start to visit your garden you might start seeing a wider variety of birds and you might even see some birds that you have never seen before or can’t identify.

Feeding the birds in your garden is a great way to start bird watching and bird watching from the garden can be a great way to see more birds and help them along the way. In this blog, we will talk about how you can bird watch from your garden and how to identify birds in your garden.

beginner birdwatching benefits

How To Bird Watch From Your Garden?

Bird watching from your garden is a great activity to get into if you are looking for a hobby that can get you outdoor, get you more involved with nature and help the local wildlife at the same time. You can of course travel to specific locations to bird watch but by bird watching from home, you don’t need to leave the house which can be a huge help when the weather is cold or if you just feel more comfortable at home.

You can fill a bird feeder or place food on a bird table and leave them in a place where that is visible to you from a window. From there you can sit, get cosy and watch as birds come and visit your garden. A lot of the time birds will come and visit your garden throughout the day, so you don’t have to sit and wait for them to come. You can go about your day, but always be nearby when they do come to visit.

You need to make sure that your garden is somewhere birds will want to visit. You need to leave out food, and you need to make sure it is food that the birds will want to eat and be attracted by. You also need to think about other things you can leave for the birds.

Birds need water to drink and clean themselves in. Birds will be attracted by a water feature if your garden has any, but if not then you can leave water out for them by placing a large dish of water in the garden, the dish needs to be large enough for them to bathe in so keep that in mind.

You need to make sure that the garden Is safe for the birds that come and visit. If the birds do not feel safe in your garden then they will not come back. Make sure you leave the food and water for the birds on a high level or platform. If you leave it on the ground then this could leave the birds open to attacks from predators like cats.

You might notice a time when birds visit more often and you can start to plan your bird watching around that. Over time, as birds come to recognise your garden as a safe place to eat, the visits will become more frequent and more birds might come to eat at your garden.

When this happens you might notice birds that you have not seen before and might wonder what type of bird they are. If this is the case then here is how to identify birds in your garden.

Ring pull click bird peanut feeder

How To Identify Birds In Your Garden?

When a new bird visits the garden it can be very exciting and of course, you will want to know what kind of bird it is. Don’t worry if you can’t identify the bird on your own. Try and remember what it looks like or if possible try and take a picture on your phone. Be careful when taking a picture of the bird as sometimes a sudden flash can scare them or cause them pain.

You can use helpful sights like RSPB.org which is a useful page on how to identify a bird. Once you get used to identifying birds you will become more confident at it and start to notice small patterns and traits that will help you identify the species of bird on your own.

If you discover you really enjoy spotting and identifying birds you can keep a journal of all the birds you see and even start to try and find more birds that you haven’t seen before by changing up the food you use and seeing if any new birds are attracted to this new food.  

Bird watching is a great hobby to get into. It gets you outdoors, you can learn a lot about nature and because of seasonal migration the hobby can change with the seasons. Because of this there are birds that you might want to see whilst bird watching that you can only see in the colder months.

If you are planning on going bird watching in the colder months, it can be dangerous if you are not prepared. Here is how to keep warm whilst bird watching.

How To Keep Warm Whilst Bird Watching?

How To Keep Warm Whilst Bird Watching?

Check The Weather Before Hand

Before you go bird watching, be sure to check the weather conditions beforehand. That way you can plan and prepare for whatever conditions you might have to face.

If it is going to rain or snow, consider if you want to be caught out in this weather. You might prefer to wait for a day when the conditions aren’t as treacherous.

Wrap Up Warm

You should always remember to dress for the weather you are going out in. If it is going to be cold you need to wrap up warm. You also need to take into account if it will rain and remember to dress appropriately. Sitting for a long time in cold wet clothing can be dangerous so make sure to wear waterproofs if you know it will rain.

 It is a good idea to wear a lot of layers, that way you can take some off you find you are too hot. Most of our body heat is lost though the head, hands and feet so make sure these areas are covered. A good thick hat is always a good way to stay warm.

For an extra layers of heat you can also bring a blanket and wrap it round you. If you are planning to drive to your birdwatching spot, its always a good idea to have a blanker in the car wherever you go.

Take A Flask or Thermos

Take something warm to drink with you in a flask. A hot drink like tea, coffee or hot chocolate can help you get warm. Something like soup can not only keep you warm, but also help you feel full and well nourished, which will help you keep your energy up.

You can also use a thermos of hot water to fill at hot water bottle once you get to your location to help keep you warm, or you can bring hand warmers than can be activated once you are ready.

Know When To Call It A Day

Even if you prepare, wrap up warm and have a warm drink, the weather can still take a turn for the worse. If you found the weather conditions are becoming dangerous then you need to know when to call it a day and go home.

Try Bird Watching From Inside

If you find that fitting outside in the cold isn’t for you then you can always try bird watching from home.

mistle thrush bird
BGCA1N Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus in snow covered Hedgerow

How To Bird Watch At Home

Bird watching is a hobby that can be done easily from the comfort and safety of your own home. All you have to do is make a space that birds will want to visit.

Make sure that your garden has everything that a bird could possibly need. It can help if you leave a bowl of water out for them or better yet if you have a bird table or pond. If the weather get so cold the water freezes birds will not visit, so remember to adle a few tennis balls to the water so that it doesn’t freeze.

One of the best things you can do to entice birds to your garden is leave out food for them. Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Food, we have a range of bird food and bird feeding accessories. We are dedicated to make sure the birds that visit your garden are give only the best food filled with all the nutrients, calories and protein that need to survive. Some the of the wild bird food we supply includes:

Mixed Birdseed

Mealworms For Birds

Peanuts For Birds

Plain Wild Bird Seeds

Suet For Birds

Sunflower Seeds For Birds

attracting birds to your garden

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! 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.

The Robin or The Robin Red Breast as it is sometimes called is a small plump bird that is easily distinguished by its bright red plumage on the chest.

The Robin is only really seen in winter and because of this, it has become a staple of Christmas cards and decorations. We all love seeing a Robin after the first frost and many people see it as a sign that winter is here, but you might be wondering where do Robins go in summer?

Where Do Robins Go In Summer?

It depends on the Robin. There are two breeds of Robin that you are likely to see in your garden, the UK Robin, and European Robin.

The UK Robin lives in the UK all year round, but they are very territorial and rarely leave their homes and nesting areas. In winter UK Robin venture out to investigate other robins’ areas.

Winter is when Robins look for mates, when you hear robins singing in winter, it is their mating call. Mating can start as early autumn and doesn’t end until spring so don’t be surprised if you see a Robin well into spring.

Once they have found a partner, robins don’t need to sing anymore and return to their nest to nurture their offspring, this happens in summer which is why you really see them in summer.

European Robins are a little different. They are not native to the UK and instead normally live in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

These countries are usually quite cold, and some are pertinently snowy and icy all year round. These European robins thrive in these cold environments, but it can get too much for them.

Much like UK birds migrate to warm countries to avoid UK winters that are too cold for them, European Robins are doing the same thing.

Winter in these Scandinavian countries can be very harsh and can be too cold for the European Robin to survive. This is why they choose to migrate to the UK. Although UK birds find the UK winter too cold, whereas this is the perfect weather for European Robins.

When springs comes around, it becomes too hot for the European Robin and they fly back to Scandinavia when the weather is warm enough for them back home.

What is Migration and Why Do Birds Migrate?

Migration is the name given when animals such as birds make a long journey to another part of the world. There are several reasons for animals to migrate and it is often for the sake of survival.

Birds can migrate to find food or to reach mating grounds. These migrations are often triggered by the weather. Sometimes a harsh winter or cold conditions can mean the food birds normally eat aren’t available for them. If this is the case, then birds might migrate to a warmer climate to find food.

Its estimate that there are around 4000 species of birds that migrate. Whereabouts in the world a bird lives can cause migrations.

Birds that live in Europe, especially cold areas of Europe like Scandinavia will tend to migrate in winter so that can avoid harsh weather and find food in warmer climates.

In parts of the world that are near the equator or have climates that don’t fluctuate, it’s unlikely that the bird will migrate. For example, birds that live in the rainforest tend to live there all year round as food is often abundant. They may travel to another area of the rainforest for mating or nesting but it’s unlikely they will partake in long-distance migration.

How Can I Help Birds Migrating To The UK?

A lot of birds migrate to the UK, especially in winter months, like redwings, bramblings, Bewick’s and whooper swans and many kinds of ducks, geese, and wading birds.

If a bird has migrated to the UK in winter, then they are probably looking for food and respite from a much colder country. Even if the UK is still a little warmer than the country they came from, food can still be hard to find in the UK in winter.

You can help by making your garden a safe place for these migrating birds. you can leave food out for them in a safe place like on a bird feeder or atop a bird table. By placing food in these locations the birds will be safe from predators and are more likely to visit your garden if they feel safe.

Remember to always check that you are feeding birds the food that is right for them. The best way to do this is to purchase your bird food through a bird food specialist. Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Food, we have a wide variety of food to suit any bird.

All of our bird food is of the highest quality and you know that with our bird food, your feathered friends are getting all the nutrients, protein, and calories that they desperately need to survive the winter.

Bird watching a great, fun and easy hobby that any can pick and up can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own garden.

Learning about all the different birds the visit your garden can be fun but there are few things you need to know if you want to get the most out of your garden bird watching. Here is our guide to bird watching at home.

Make Sure The Birds Have Access To Water

Birds need water to drink and clean themselves, especially in summer. When birds are flying, they will be looking for a safe place to land and they are more likely to land if they have access to water.

Try leaving some water out for the birds. Ideally it needs to be a large bowl or bird bath so that the birds can easily land and have access to the water. If you have a pond or a water feature you may find birds are already drawn to your garden.

You Can Use Food To Attract Birds

One of the most important things to know about birds is that they are always looking for food. Birds need food that is high protein and good fats. Birds need a lot of calories and food for them to have enough energy to survive.

Leaving food out for birds can be a huge help for them, especially in winter when food is scare and birds are burning more and more energy in an effort to keep warm.

Be very careful about what you choose to feed the birds. Birds have very delicate digestive systems and not everything is suitable for them. Some of the foods suitable for garden birds include:

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.

Make Your Garden Bird Friendly

Birds won’t visit you garden if you don’t feel safe. For birds, survival is their priority, and they won’t land somewhere if they don’t think they’ll be safe.

You can make you garden safe for visiting bird by doing just a few small things. If you are leaving water out for birds make sure it, it’s on an elevated platform like a bird bath. If you leave the water on the ground for the birds, them they may be vulnerable to ground predators, like cats.

You can protect your garden birds from birds of prey by using a bird feeder. Placing the bird feeder by a wall or a tree means that birds of prey can’t swoop down and take a garden bird with ease.

Remember To Respect The Birds

Its very important that we respect nature and don’t try and change the order of things too much. It’s ok to feed the birds every now and then but be wary of over feeding them and don’t refill the bird feeder if you don’t too.

Even if you put all the necessary precautions to try and keep your garden birds safe, predators will still try and attack. sometimes you will lose birds to ground predators and birds of prey and sadly there is nothing we can do about this. Birds are part of a delicate eco system and although we can try and help we cant interfere.

Here are the top ten most commonly seen garden birds of 2021.

The results were taken from the 2021 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch event which runs each year and asks members of the public to survey and submit which types of birds are visiting their gardens.

an infographic showing the top ten garden birds 2021

The dawn chorus is a truly wonderful thing. Written about and romanticised for generations, it is often the best thing about waking up.

But why do birds sing? And what do all the different chirrups mean?

Let’s find out!

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