Looking for the perfect bird table we have some new in stock, they are a good way to feed our feathered friends and make a attractive feature to any garden.
A bird table will be at its most popular and valuable when natural food is in short supply, usually between October and April.
Natural food supply is usually lowest in winter and spring, so this is when the garden birds will reap the most benefits from your table. However, food shortages can occur at any time. As the days are shorter and cold most creatures are hibernating but birds are sitting it out, desperately looking for food during the few daylight hours. Leave out suet treats, seeds, mealworms and nuts to give them the calories to keep warm; and fresh water for bathing and drinking.
If you enjoy watching birds, consider providing more varied feeding stations to attract more species. Unfortunately, tidier gardens and the changes in farming methods have reduced the natural food supply of species such as finches, buntings and sparrows. Providing sunflower seeds will help them. They are eagerly taken and unlikely to be harmful if given to young in the nest.
If it takes a few days before you see any birds, don’t be discouraged. Once the birds discover the food and convince themselves it is not a trap, they will visit regularly. if possible, your bird table should be placed where the birds will not be disturbed regularly by human traffic – that is, the back garden rather than the front, and by a ‘quiet’ window if you have the choice. Don’t, however, place it so far from the house that you can’t see it – the fun of feeding birds is being able to watch them! choose a good all round view so that the birds can see they are safe from predators while they feed. The table should be safely away from cat ambush sites. These include fences and trees from which cats can leap and dense bushes in which they can hide.
Clean your bird table regularly and never allow old food to accumulate. Dirty tables can harbour dangerous bacteria left by sick birds and start an outbreak of disease.
Brush off debris every time you put out fresh food and scrub the table with a mild disinfectant solution every few weeks: more frequently if sick birds visit. Move the table from time to time to stop the accumulation of droppings underneath. Some bird diseases can be transmitted to people. Although the risk is small, it is always worth taking sensible hygienic precautions. For example you might use gloves if you have any cuts on your hands, and thoroughly wash your hands after cleaning bird baths and bird tables.
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