Guide To Bird Watching At Home
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:
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.