July Birds: What to look out for
As we head into July, the weather’s improving and the temperature’s rising, which means it is the perfect time for some bird watching!
In the summer months, particularly July, nesting season is in full swing and the birds are busy raising their families. This is the best time for us to see the nestlings grow and feed from our bird feeders. We’ve come up with a guide, to help you discover which birds you’re likely to see and what type of bird food to put out to bring them into your garden.
What birds are you likely to spot?
With longer days and more time to observe, our favourite friendly faces will be visiting us in our gardens, such as the sparrows, blue tits, goldfinches and chaffinches, along with some of our slightly less common visitors such as wrens, nuthatches, bullfinches, and if you’re lucky enough, the Lesser spotted woodpecker.
To see these beautiful birds, it’s best to go bird watching during their feeding times, in the early morning and evening. Take a morning coffee or an evening snack and sit out for an hour or so, to see what you can spot. To enhance your chances, laying out some tasty niger seed may encourage your garden friends.
People have said that you shouldn’t feed birds in the summer because it can make them reliant and lazy, but this isn’t the case as birds usually only receive 25% of their daily intake from bird feeders.
Putting out a variety of nutritious types of bird food is the best way to attract different types of birds to your garden.
Mixed Bird Seed and Nutritious Niger Seed
Mixed bird seed will entice a whole range of different birds to your bird feeders. Niger seeds are high in nutrients and rich in oil, and are a strong favourite all year round. The high protein will help the birds with the regeneration of their feathers during the malting period. These seeds are a huge hit with the little birds, such as finches and sparrows and a fantastic way to get some gorgeous goldfinches into your garden!
Your insect eating birds like blackbirds, sparrows, wrens and treecreepers, are huge fans of these worms (both live and dried), and they will help the bird’s hungry nestlings thrive during their juvenile months. Live mealworms are the best because they are more juicy and tasty and their movement helps to attract birds, but dried mealworms are great too when you scatter them among other bird seeds.
To encourage birds like jays, tits and woodpeckers to your feeders, peanuts are a very popular option. Make sure you offer split peanuts, as well as whole, to avoid choking. Peanuts provide birds with lots of beneficial nutritional components such as Vitamin A and E, Iron and Zinc.
So now you know what birds to look out for in your gardens this summer and what to feed them! Grab your binoculars, sit back and let the birds come to you. Keep an eye out for those younglings and watch your bird feeders come to life! Happy watching!
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