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 choose a bird feeder for your garden

If you've noticed an influx of feathered friends visiting your garden, you might be wondering which bird feeder you should buy to feed them. Different species of birds like to eat from different kinds of feeders, so it's important that you select the right bird feeder for your garden and its visitors. Attracting more birds to your garden can be achieved by hanging lots of different feeder types & offering lots of different foods. More...

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how to keep cats away from bird feeders

Are you worried about your pet cat (or your neighbour's cat) attacking your bird feeder and putting your garden birds at risk? Cat's have a natural urge to kill birds, and we're sure if you've got a pet cat you've had a feathered friend dropped on your doorstep once or twice before.

While there's not much you can do to suppress the natural instincts of a cat, there are a few steps you can take to keep cats away from your bird feeders. More...

connecting with nature in your home office

Remote working is quickly becoming a normal way of living for a lot of us! Understandably, people are doing whatever they can to make the home office a stress-free environment so that they can concentrate on being productive! 

Unfortunately, working from home can make people feel very isolated. Where they would normally interact with colleagues and clients in an office setting, they're now confined to their own four walls for the majority of the week. It's a big lifestyle adjustment that some people have taken to easier than others.  More...

Pigeon

Pigeons are the bullies of many a back garden. They are significantly bigger than most garden birds, and they often use their size advantage to monopolise our seed feeders and hog all the food for themselves.

If you're tired of chasing pigeons away from your bird table, there are a number of steps you can take to deter them. Follow these helpful tips from the Really Wild Bird Food team...

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wet weather bird feeding

With the weather forecast looking wet, wet, WET for the foreseeable future, it's worth taking a look at our bird feeding practices to ensure we give our feathered friends a fighting chance as the season changes, the temperature drops and natural food sources diminish.

Birds naturally waterproof themselves by preening their feathers, coating them with oil from glands at the base of their tail to help water run off. They also trap pockets of air in the downy under layers of feathers to keep them warm - like a duvet!

So in light showers, you may see them fluff up their feathers, but in heavy rain, they will flatten them down to help water run off. More...

Why I’m Buying a Window Feeder

Living in a small second-floor flat with my two children, there is hardly room to swing a cat, let alone have pets... So when I stumbled upon RWBF's range of window feeders I had a lightbulb moment - why not feed the wild birds and create a bit of excitement for the kids at the same time?

From my rooftop location, I regularly saw jackdaws and pigeons hanging around; neighbouring properties have house martin boxes, and I could hear flocks of smaller birds in the young trees in the car park over the road. Ideally, I wanted to feed the small birds and exclude the bigger 'usual suspects', but I was aware that I couldn't really pick and choose, and that the small birds would be far more shy about flying across the road to my living room window.

The road is not particularly busy but it does see a fair few bin lorries, being the back of the High Street, so I imagined that the noise and lack of shelter on my side would put them off somewhat. Nevertheless, my other windows are down a busy pedestrian alley where birds are less likely to go, and in rooms where we would be likely to miss the action, so the living room window it had to be! After divulging all this information to Sian at RWBF, she recommended the Droll Yankees 'Observer' window feeder - with a deep dish to hold a good amount of a variety of feed (seed, mealworms, suet, scraps) and a roof to keep the rain off and keep the larger birds out. 

Was the Window Feeder a Success?

Expectations were, of course, higher than reality. There I was expecting wild birds of all kinds to flock to the window as soon as I'd filled the feeder, but no such luck! So, stuck to the window the feeder sat, full of delicious RWBF Premium Finch Mix, day after day, week after week. I even scattered seed on the windowsill underneath to entice them over, and then I added dried mealworms too!  A couple of times, a pigeon ventured near - flapping around the feeder to get a good look, but not managing to land due to the feeder's roof.

The kids got excited and came to tell me, but I'd missed it. Another time, the house martins were out in force, feeding on the wing, swooping past my window so closely, but not at all interested in the feeder! This was the most bird action I'd seen in a good few months, so I decided to remove the roof from the feeder and see what happened. I figured I might as well feed the pigeons if they were the only interested parties!

So the roof came off, the seed got damp in the rain, but within days the pigeon managed to get a few mouthfuls whilst balancing precariously and flapping a lot on the feeder - much to the delight of the kids! However, I guess all this action quickly alerted the jackdaws (who love to stalk up and down along the opposite rooftop), as, within a short space of time, the pigeon has disappeared and the jackdaws have taken over. It seems to be a pair of them in particular, working together and taking it in turns to grab a mouthful and take it back over to the opposite rooftop where they pick through it to find their favourite bits!

So now my problem is not having zero birds to the feeder, but having the 'wrong' type of birds! Of course, any birds are better than none, for the kids' entertainment if nothing else, but now I'm worried that the small birds will never come as the jackdaws will scare them off, even if they did manage to cross the road eventually.

So, for the time being, I will leave the roof off the feeder and allow the jackdaws to have their fill, whilst they get more brazen by the day and eat more and more feed! But as the weather turns colder, I will strongly consider putting the roof back on to allow smaller birds a chance. Or is it time to 'branch out' and get additional window feeders for the smaller birds, perhaps on my other windows after all? Watch this space!

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Around this time of year (mid to late November) when average daily temperatures start to fall and the seeds, masts and fruits in the hedgerows are pretty much eaten up, garden birds will start to return to your feeders. The seed-eaters like tits, finches, robins, dunnocks, blackbirds etc will visit feeders and will fill up on dry seed. However, it is a bit like having toast in the morning without an accompanying cup of tea if you don't also offer them clean drinking water! Most garden birds do need to drink at least twice a day. They lose water through respiration and droppings. Really lucky people have a free-flowing stream or river running through their gardens and will notice that birds will find easy access points where they can drink and bathe in relative safety. For us less fortunate, putting out a birdbath, or an upturned metal dustbin lid, and keeping the supply of water clean, will be gratefully received. Here are a few water 'top tips' to make winter healthy for your birds and easy for you!

 

Winter bird tips

  • Experiment with the location of your birdbath. Birds need to feel safe when they bathe as they don't fly well with wet feathers. If it isn't being used - try moving it to a different spot in the garden.
  • Try to leave at least 2 meters distance between the birdbath and some cover, like a hedge or tree. This will give them some cover if they feel threatened and the distance will give them security against predators like sparrowhawks and cats.
  • Adding stones or pebbles is a really good way to encourage them to use your birdbath. It helps stimulate a natural shallow pool. The birds can sip and keep an eye out for trouble. Ideally, the birdbath should have sloping sides and a rough texture so make it more slip-resistant with the water about 1-4 inches deep.
  • Keep on top of your cleaning routine. Choose and use a birdbath which is easy for you to man-handle and made of materials which are easy to scrub clean. I am always going on about how dirty water can be a major factor in the transmission of diseases such as trichomoniasis and salmonella, so PLEASE KEEP 'EM CLEAN.


 

How to stop bird baths from freezing over

When the temperatures being to fall and the water in your birdbath turns to ice, the birdbath will be unusable for your visiting birds. This presents a problem as if alternative sources of water aren't found, the birds run the risk of becoming dehydrated. Maintaining hydration is a key factor in staying warm - so not only do birds become thirsty, they become cold as well. They then need to eat more to keep their body temperature up which compounds the problem.... so please make sure that you break the ice regularly. Here are some more ways that you can avoid your birdbath from freezing over:

  • Adding a light floating ball in the water will keep a small amount of water ice-free and accessible to visiting birds
  • Pour some warm water from a pan/kettle into the birdbath
  • Relocating your birdbath to a sunny spot in the garden
  • Lining the birdbath with a polythene sheet that you can lift out with the ice
  • Please DO NOT be tempted to use any kind of anti-freeze - these products are mostly toxic to birds.

You can buy a bespoke birdbath in a variety of different sizes, heights and materials, but it is also quite nice to create your own, and I would love to hear from you what kinds of items you have used successfully as birdbaths and any top tips you might have for keeping them active and healthy during the winter months!

You can browse our range of quality birdbaths and bath equipment below to attract more birds to your garden and keep them alive and healthy during the winter months! 

Our Birdbaths & Equipment >

 

For more information on our range of products or tips on winter bird feeding, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team today - we'd be more than happy to help!

The Get Set Go Feeders for example are low cost, available in beautiful colours and easy to use. The quick release base and the easy disassembling make these feeders easy to clean thoroughly. These feeders are available in different colours and make great gift options too. Since Christmas is just round the corner, these will definitely make well appreciated gift options for the bird lovers.


The other new entrant in our list of products are The One Peanut feeders. These feeders can be mounted on the Droll Yankee Garden Poles and are again very easy to clean since they are easily detachable. The Ring Pull feeder is another great option that is cost effective and top quality. The parts of these feeders can be easily separated by simply pulling out the central pin which again facilitates easy cleaning. These come in different sizes to suit your requirements.


Birds love peanut butter and so we have Flutter Butter, a rich and nutritious option with a low salt content which makes a delicious protein boost all year round. What’s more it can be put out in the garden easily by simply twisting the jar into the Flutter Butter Feeder.
Apart from these we have many more options available but if you prefer a gift voucher that option is also available.


If you have limited space in your garden then one of the best methods of attracting wild birds is by providing window or balcony mounted bird feeders and the necessary bird food.

With these window feeders you can really see the birds up close which is a fun and interesting experience.
Apart from attracting and seeing the birds close, the other advantages include:-
- usually these feeders stay well protected from all the annoying unwanted visitors like squirrels
- their local position means it is usually quite easy to clean the bird feeding equipement
- replenishing the food supply is usually easy
- birds feeding close to the house are usually better protected from predators

To make your visiting birds feel safer you could consider placing some plants or shrubs in pots that provide helpful cover.

At Really Wild Bird Company we have a wide variety of feeders which includes some that are ideal as window or balcony feeders such as the new Woodlook™ hanging feeders. These feature a tough, coated-steel mesh base, making them ideal for offering seed mixes and straight foods. The superbly stable frames of these elegantly designed feeders look remarkably like natural wood. They won’t warp or rot and never need painting or staining. These superb hanging feeders are available in Light Oak or Woodland Green finish.
Our new Woodlook™ hanging feeders feature a tough, coated-steel mesh base, making them ideal for offering seed mixes and straight foods. The superbly stable frames of these elegantly designed feeders look remarkably like natural wood. They won’t warp or rot and never need painting or staining. These superb hanging feeders are available in Light Oak or Woodland Green finish.


See our full range of bird feeders at The Really Wild Bird Food Company.