Just as the nights draw in, the first signs of frost appear on the roofs many of us think about the birds who have, lets be honest, been enjoying a bit of a smorgasbord of berries and associated insects over the last few months! Now is the time to start to feed your garden birds and build up their loyalty during the difficult months ahead so that they know where to bring their young in the springand start to give hours of entertainment all year round! And on the way join in the great garden bird count on the 25-27 January next year.
Nature will play its part over the coming months too – so leave as many seed heads if you can – not only do they look sensational when glistening with frost, they add structure to the garden and more than that they are a great food source for the birds! Make sure that there is always clean water for them – check it when its iced over – and what could be a better Christmas present for a bird lover than a bird bath for the garden.
Keeping your bird feeders stocked up can make a huge difference to species survival in the coming months – and keeping those feeders clean is important as disease can spread when large numbers of birds are feeding together. Kennedy Wildbird food on Station Road Deeping St James – a stones throw from the old signal box – are well placed to source a first-time bird feeder as they only stock the extensive range of Jacobi Jayne feeders which all come with alifetime guarantee. Starting at £15.25 and with models that include lifetime, ring pull (easy clean) and the Onyx larger capacity range. There are a wide variety of accessories for the feeders tooincluding cages to prevent squirrels, seed trays to prevent the seed dropping and seed scoops to allow for easy filling.
Pete McNish and his wife Anne took over Kennedy Wildbird foods from Peter and Ann Clifton when after nearly twenty five years in the business they retired and Pete and Anne moved in. As well as bird food a wide range of pet food is stocked from dogs and cats to chicken and hedgehogs. But their headline product is birdseed and Pete is well placed to give advice to first time buyers. He recommends a general purpose economy feed which will encourage sparrows (happily making a comeback in the garden in the Garden Birdwatch earlier this year) chaffinches, other finches, collared doves and wood pigeons. This can start at £3.10 for 3 kilos. Sunflower hearts remain a firm favourite with finches and tits. Sunflower hearts are an easy seed to feed and are incredibly versatile. As the husks are removed, it means the wild birds will eat it all, so no mess is left behind! They can be fed from a bird seed feeder, bird table or scattered on the floor for ground eating birds. What are the benefits of sunflower hearts and sunflower seeds?
Although marginally more expensive to purchase than other regular wild bird seed products, the following advantages will be apparent:
- No mess, no grow sunflower hearts
- Loved by a great variety of wild garden birds
- Can be fed in multiple ways
- Birds are able to feast on them far quicker – a distinct advantage in winter and the nesting season
- Cheaper than our competitors
Remember to always provide water with your sunflower seed products to keep your garden visitors hydrated.
Feed side by side with fat balls, the best quality on the market which are available at Kennedy’s for £8.99 for 50 balls
This local company send birdseed all over the UK and have a wide range of blended mixes and straight seeds including niger seed, rich in oil and high in nutrition and an outstanding food for garden birds all year round. Kennedys also stock the niger feeders specially designed for the smaller seed.
Just minutes away from the centre of Deeping you can be sure of a warm welcome and freely given advice but the firm also have an interesting and interactive website as well which is well worth a look https://www.kennedywildbirdfood.co.uk/