Garden birds are big news this week, not just for the volume of migratory birds that have come over our country, but because this is the best time to put out feeders and food so that the birds may become accustomed to your place before the weather gets too bad for them to look for new feeding sites for the winter.
CJWildlife tell us;
The brief respite of October will soon be a memory as the nights become longer and colder, the days become shorter and migrant birds escaping the wintery conditions further north and east add to the pressure on what remains of autumn’s plenty, turning the October gap into the November squeeze!
Birdtrack is already reporting unusually early arrivals of Bramblings and Waxwings as well as thousands of more typical migrants, so we could be in for an exciting month. Try to have binoculars and a field guide conveniently to hand as saying “I’ll just find the optics/bird book” is scientifically proven to be the best way of making a new species fly next door!
The increasing activity of the birds compensates for the absence of bats, amphibians and most of the hedgehogs and insects, driven into hibernation by the return of regular frosts by the middle of the month in many areas. Most garden plants will be looking sorry for themselves but winter fruits will continue to enrich hedges and borders until the birds discover them. Seed heads of plants such as sunflowers can look spectacular on frosty days and are also a useful food source for many species of birds.
Love Your Environment! Love Your Birds!