Wildlife News: http://www.haiths.com/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.haiths.com/ en hourly 1 Our top four birds to spot this winter http://www.haiths.com/our-top-four-birds-to-spot-this-winter/ http://www.haiths.com/our-top-four-birds-to-spot-this-winter/#comments Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris /our-top-four-birds-to-spot-this-winter/ If you’re out and about this weekend bird watching we have these delightful birds for you to try and look out for: If you’re out and about this weekend bird watching we have these delightful birds for you to try and look out for:<br/>The Brambling is a small passerine bird in the finch family (<em>Fringilla montifringilla</em>). It has also been called the cock o&rsquo; the north and the mountain finch. <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="/brambling/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Brambling" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/brambling.jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> This species often flies over with enormous flocks of hundreds of thousands of Chaffinches from Scandinavian forests to winter in Britain.&nbsp; In general appearance, Bramblings resemble Chaffinches but can be distinguished in flight by a narrow white rump slit. The male can also be recognised by its blackish-brown head and unusual orange-buff shoulder patches and breast, and the female by its buffish breast.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In some years, where breeding has been very successful, &#39;invasions&#39; of huge flocks descend on our beech woods to feed and when this food is no longer available will come to garden feeding stations. They will accompany Chaffinches and other seed-eaters, feeding on seed that&rsquo;s found its way onto the ground (often it&rsquo;s dropped from a bird seed feeder).<br /> <br /> <a href="/huskfree-advance/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Huskfree Advance" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Huskfree-Advance(5).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> They take sunflower seed, especially the black variety, and will pick through any of the Haith&rsquo;s wild bird foods or Huskfree seed mixes especially when the ground becomes snow-covered.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="/premium-wheat-free-wild-bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Premium Wild Bird Food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Premium-wild-bird-food(4).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> The Long-tailed Tit (<em>Aegithalos caudatus</em>) is occasionally referred to as the silver-throated tit or silver-throated dasher. <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="/long-tailed-tit/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Long-tailed tit" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Long-tailed%20tit.jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> This tit can be found in copses and hedgerows throughout Britain and is able to survive hard winters even in the Highland glens.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> With its tail longer than the remainder of its body and a delicate rosy tint to its black-and-white plumage, this is one of the easiest of the woodland tits to recognise.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It&rsquo;s marvellous oval nest made of moss woven together with cobwebs and hair, covered with lichens and lined with as many as 2,000 feathers, is usually built in gorse, thorn or bramble bushes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> They will feed from your garden and bird table, suet, sunflower hearts, Beggar&rsquo;s Banquet Softfood, and Prosecto Insectivorous.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The beautiful Waxwing is a winter visitor from the north of Russia and Europe. Some years it can migrate here in very large numbers, whilst other years, there are hardly any. If you live in the eastern counties of England and Scotland then this is where they can be mainly seen searching for red berries, which they are very partial too. The biggest flocks can usually be viewed near to petrol stations and supermarkets as their borders have usually been planted with plants and shrubs that bear red berries. The bushes and shrubs will have been chosen for their fast-growing properties as they cover the ground rapidly and with very little TLC required; however, the birds love their fruits and large groups of Waxwings (A museum of Waxwings) can strip them bare in very little time at all. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> They are slightly smaller than a Starling but their red and yellow tipped wings and crest are unique.&nbsp; They will visit gardens for fruit, so try our ground feeder filled with raisins but ideally plant a rowan, hawthorn or cotoneaster bush, a great addition to any garden. <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="/waxwing/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img alt="Waxwing" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Waxwing.jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> The Fieldfare is the largest of the winter thrushes and arrives in October but has usually gone from our shores by April.&nbsp; A very social bird it will spend the winter here in large flocks of up to several hundred and can be seen all over the UK near to hedges and fields. No other thrush has its chestnut brown upperparts and grey head and rump, this is particularly obvious when in flight. Flocks will feed in fields looking for spiders and slugs but in very bad weather will come to a bird table or ground feeder for raisins, suet, and seeds.&nbsp; Try feeding our Golden Chorus if you spot Fieldfares nearby. <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="/fieldfare/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Fieldfare" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Fieldfare-2.jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> So even in these dark days of winter, when the weather eases and allows us to venture outside, there is still plenty of interesting and beautiful birds to see.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="/bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Call to action" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(4).jpg" /></a></div> 0 The Skylark http://www.haiths.com/the-skylark/ http://www.haiths.com/the-skylark/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes /the-skylark/ The Skylark (Alauda arvensis) is a small brown bird and is a member of the Lark family. It is a streaky brown colour with a small crest, the tail is white-sided and the wings also have a rear white edge that is visible in flight. The Skylark (Alauda arvensis) is a small brown bird and is a member of the Lark family. It is a streaky brown colour with a small crest, the tail is white-sided and the wings also have a rear white edge that is visible in flight.<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <img alt="Skylark" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Skylark.jpg" /></div> <br /> They are renowned for their display flight, vertically up in the air.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Farmland, heathland, wetlands, marsh and wildflower meadows are natural habitats for the Skylark, it enjoys the open countryside and can be found throughout the UK.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> When spotted, they can be seen effortlessly hovering and singing from a great height before seemingly parachuting back down to earth.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> They have a beautiful song that radiates through the air, it&#39;s fast, complex and variable. It is delivered within a narrow frequency range and can last anything up to five minutes. The Skylark is the voice of spring, and one of the first to be heard during the dawn chorus. It can also be heard throughout the year but less frequently between mid-November to late January.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Skylark feeds mainly on seed and grain, but it also eats flies, spiders, larvae of various groups and invertebrates such as beetles.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Over the last few decades, the Skylark has declined in numbers and features on the &quot;Red List&quot; as it&#39;s a species of high conservation concern. Its decline is most likely a result of modern farming practices. This has now become an all too common tale and birds continue to struggle throughout the country and venture into our gardens in search of food and shelter.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> According to the BTO, the Skylark&rsquo;s decline led to widespread conservation concern and then to policy measures to allow recovery. They are encouraging farmers to improve habitat quality for species including the Skylark. Leaving stubbles unsprayed over winter &ndash; so enhancing weed seed availability, providing fallow land in spring for nesting and creating bare patches in crops to allow access for breeding birds are all supported by government funding.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="/original-wild-bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Haith's Original Wild Bird Food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Original-wild-bird-food(10).jpg" /></a></div> <div><br /> They may not be a regular visitor to our gardens, but with our help, we could encourage them to come by providing fresh water and maybe a seed mix such as <strong><a href="/original-wild-bird-food/">Haith&#39;s Original Wild Bird Food</a>. </strong>This is a mix that contains high-energy <strong><a href="/sunflower-bird-seeds/">sunflowers</a></strong> and wholegrain cereal for slow release energy. It is an affordable selection of bird seeds suitable for all year round feeding to a wide variety of garden birds and is ideal to feed on a <strong><a href="/bird-tables/">bird table</a></strong> or <strong><a href="/bird-tables/">ground feeder</a></strong>, and of course a <strong><a href="/bird-feeders/">tube-type seed feeder</a></strong>.</div> &nbsp;<br /> By helping our feathered friends you may be lucky enough to hear this delightful bird singing its beautiful song.<br /> <br /> <a href="/bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Click here to buy your Bird food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(3).jpg" /></a></div> 0 The Best Food for Blackbirds http://www.haiths.com/the-best-food-for-blackbirds/ http://www.haiths.com/the-best-food-for-blackbirds/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris /the-best-food-for-blackbirds/ Blackbirds are one of Britain’s most familiar and best-loved birds. Belonging to the thrush family, only the male is all black with female and young Blackbirds being brown. Blackbirds are one of Britain’s most familiar and best-loved birds. Belonging to the thrush family, only the male is all black with female and young Blackbirds being brown.<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <img alt="Blackbird" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Blackbird(6).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> They are one of the most commonly seen wild bird species in the UK and providing suitable food &ndash; based on their preferences &ndash; will help to attract them into your garden.<br /> &nbsp; <div><a href="/songster-food/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Songster" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Songster-Food(4).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> Blackbirds will eat all kinds of wild bird food. One of their Haith&rsquo;s favourites is <strong><a href="/songster-food/">Songster food</a></strong>. But they&rsquo;ll consume <strong><a href="/sunflower-hearts/">Sunflower hearts</a></strong> and soft suet variants, such as suet pellets. They prefer to eat from either a bird table or ground feeder, preferably in a sheltered area.<br /> &nbsp; <div><a href="/sunflower-hearts/"></div> <div><img alt="Sunflower Hearts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sunflower-Hearts(17).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> They are classed as a softbill bird and may damage their beaks eating hard seeds or seeds with husks.<br /> &nbsp;<a href="/softbill-food-wbsf01006/"><br /> <img alt="Softbill Food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Softbill-Food(1).jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Blackbirds love to forage around in undergrowth for food so try scattering our <strong><a href="/softbill-food-wbsf01006/">softbill food</a></strong> under bushes and hedges.<br /> &nbsp; <div><a href="/raisins-wbst01005/"></div> <img alt="Raisins" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Raisins.jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Their most favourite food, however, are insects and fruit. Our suet pellets and <strong><a href="/raisins-wbst01005/">Raisins</a></strong> would be the perfect treat for your local Blackbird.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> At this time of year numbers of Blackbirds are increased by continental immigrants and by feeding any of the above you are sure to have them visit your garden.<br /> &nbsp; 0 High Energy Winter Bird Food http://www.haiths.com/high-energy-winter-bird-food/ http://www.haiths.com/high-energy-winter-bird-food/#comments Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris /high-energy-winter-bird-food/ With winter almost upon us, garden birds need our help and we have some energy busting seeds and mixes that will help them thrive during even the coldest of months. With winter almost upon us, garden birds need our help and we have some energy busting seeds and mixes that will help them thrive during even the coldest of months.<br/>Our 100% edible <a href="/huskfree-advance-with-suet-pellets/">Huskfree Advance bird food with suet pellets</a> leaves no waste to clear up. It&#39;s packed with calories to help birds make it through to spring.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="/huskfree-advance-with-suet-pellets/"><img alt="Huskfree Advance with Suet Pellets" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Huskfree-advance-with-suet-pellets(2).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Our <a href="/autumn-winter-bird-seed/">Autumn/Winter mix</a> has extra oil and high-energy goodness for autumn and winter bird feeding. It contains tiny hulled seeds for smaller birds and is always popular during our annual bird food trials. It&#39;s ideal for Blackbirds, Robins, House Sparrows and all members of the tit family.<br /> <br /> <a href="/autumn-winter-bird-seed/"><img alt="Autumn Winter mix" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/articles/Autumn-winter-mix.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Haith&#39;s premium quality <a href="/sunflower-hearts/">Sunflower Hearts</a> herald from European seeds - unlike many other sunflower hearts on the market (which could come from South America, China, and North America). We purchase quality sunflowers to reduce the carbon (and product degradation) involved in shipping.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sunflower Hearts appeal to so many garden birds &ndash; no wonder they&rsquo;ve overtaken peanuts as the number one garden bird food of choice. They&rsquo;re worshipped by Goldfinches who, in some parts of the UK, prefer them to Niger Seed. We&#39;re unsure why some charms of Goldfinch seem perfectly happy to feed on sunflowers rather than Niger Seed and vice versa. It&#39;s one of life&#39;s mysteries. Our best guess is that some birds instinctively understand that Niger also has tonic properties - something bird-keepers have known for many years.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="/sunflower-hearts/"><img alt="Sunflower hearts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sunflower-Hearts(15).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> We&#39;ve been providing high-quality bird food for garden birds since 1937. Cheap wildlife food can be full of dust, debris and waste husk and is harmful to birds. Our super clean high-quality seed makes for happy and healthy birds. Therefore, whichever mix you pick, you and your garden birds are safe with Haith&#39;s.<br /> <br /> <a href="/robin/"><img alt="Robin" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Robin(10).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Have a lovely Christmas and super New Year.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Best wishes<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Angela and Chris<br /> &nbsp; 0 The Fieldfare http://www.haiths.com/the-fieldfare/ http://www.haiths.com/the-fieldfare/#comments Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes /the-fieldfare/ The Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) is a large, colourful bird and a member of the thrush family (Turdidae). They are very similar in size to a mistle thrush and can easily be recognised from its 'thrush' shape and its grey crown, nape and rump along with a chestnut-brown back. The Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) is a large, colourful bird and a member of the thrush family (Turdidae). They are very similar in size to a mistle thrush and can easily be recognised from its 'thrush' shape and its grey crown, nape and rump along with a chestnut-brown back.<br/><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="/fieldfare/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Field Fare" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Field-Fare(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> They start to arrive from October and numbers build up as the winter progresses. They return in March and some may stay into May. It is predominantly a winter visitor, and only a few of them nest in the UK.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> As a bird which is more used to the isolated conditions of the far north of Scandinavia, it is no wonder that this winter migrant is highly shy, only coming into our gardens in search of food during inclement weather.<br /> <br /> They can be seen in flocks during the autumn along hedges, fields and in the countryside. Hawthorn hedges with berries are a favourite eating area and, when snow covers the countryside, putting out slices of apples or pears frequently can attract Fieldfares to feed (if they&#39;re in the area). And what a beautiful sight that is to see! Of course, the fruit will also attract the Blackbirds but as the Fieldfares are a little more dominant, they get to the food first.<br /> <br /> <a href="/golden-chorus/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Golden-Chorus(6).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <br /> At the same time as putting out fruit for the birds, why not try some of Haith&#39;s famous <strong><a href="/golden-chorus/">Golden Chorus</a></strong>. The birds love it. When the bag arrives, take a moment to enjoy opening it; you&#39;ll love the aromatic blend of rowan and juniper berries blended with crumbly moist soft-food - which means it&#39;s 100% edible. No wonder the birds seem to find it a delicious feed.<br /> <br /> <a href="/fat-robin/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Fat Robin Mix" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Fat-Robin(2).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> Also, our <strong><a href="/fat-robin/">Fat Robin mix</a></strong> is a nutritious, high-energy soft-food that is blended together with <strong><a href="/suet-pellet-extra/">suet pellets</a></strong> and ever-popular <strong><a href="/sunflower-hearts/">Sunflower Hearts</a> </strong>plus vegetable oils and raisins.<br /> <a href="/suet-pellet-extra/"><br /> <img alt="Berry Suet Pellet Extra" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Berry-Suet-Pellets-Extra.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="/sunflower-hearts/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sun Flower Hearts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sunflower-Hearts(16).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> Both mixes can be fed from a <strong><a href="/soft-live-food-feeders/">soft-food feeder</a></strong>, bird table or even sprinkled on the ground. Once the birds recognise these super-clean mixes there&#39;s little doubt that they&#39;ll be back for more.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="/fieldfare/">The Fieldfares</a></strong> who roam our countryside are a delightful and attractive part of the winter scene. Enjoy them and enjoy Christmas and the New Year ahead of us.<br /> <br /> Merry Christmas<br /> <br /> Tina<br /> &nbsp; 0 Haith's Autumn Garden part 2 http://www.haiths.com/haiths-autumn-garden-part-2/ http://www.haiths.com/haiths-autumn-garden-part-2/#comments Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT Angela /haiths-autumn-garden-part-2/ As the hours of daylight grow shorter we are seeing a great change in our garden here at Europarc Grimsby. As the hours of daylight grow shorter we are seeing a great change in our garden here at Europarc Grimsby.<br/><br /> The beautiful shrubs opposite our office windows have gone from being lush and green to a lovely orange and golden colour &ndash; they certainly make for a radiant display.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Whilst writing this blog around twenty Goldfinches have flown in to feed on our feeders full of <a href="/sunflower-hearts/">sunflower hearts</a>.&nbsp; Although <a href="/niger-seed-wbst01009/">Niger Seed</a> is their favoured seed, we can most definitely give assurance that they love sunflower hearts too. Our empty feeders at the end of each day are confirmation of this.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Gold Finch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/goldfinch-2766971_1920.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> A cheeky Pied Wagtail has decided to try his luck with the fallen seeds, but with a pair of Collared Doves lurking nearby, he has to be quick.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our newest visitor, which we have affectionately named &lsquo;Mr Papadopolous&rsquo;, is a gorgeous Crow.&nbsp; He is waiting for us when we arrive at work in the morning and struts around our car park all day.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mr Papadopolous" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/IMG_4072.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> His main attraction?&nbsp; Well, he&rsquo;s looking out for his twice-daily treat of our suet logs. Containing seeds, cereals, suet and dried mealworms there&rsquo;s little wonder he hangs around all day.&nbsp; Just this last week we have watched him stand on the log with one foot while pecking away at the log.&nbsp; We thought he was a bit of a loner at first but we had a shock one afternoon as down flew four Crows! We have no idea which one is the original visitor so all the crows have the same nickname.&nbsp; They certainly keep us entertained although with seagulls hanging around overhead, they have to eat at full speed.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our old favourite Patrick the pheasant still comes regularly for his <a href="/garden-pheasant-mix/">Garden Pheasant mix</a>.&nbsp; Pecking around under our Help To Fly Bird Station, he certainly is a most welcome guest in our garden.&nbsp; Coming right under our office windows and walking right by our outlet doorway we get to see him close up in all his glory. Those attractive feathers and deep colours really do catch your eye. He is without a doubt one of our most gorgeous visitors that even customers and our neighbours next door have commented on.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our <a href="/autumn-winter-bird-seed/">Autumn/Winter mix</a> is proving successful in bird feeders too.&nbsp; Taken by a range of birds including blackbirds, House Sparrows and Greenfinches it&rsquo;s a great help at this time of year. Containing extra oil and tiny hulled seeds it will help birds enter spring in great shape for breeding. Try feeding this in any of our seed feeders, including The Big Easy and The One range for maximum effect.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Green Finch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/greenfinch-818185_1920.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> As the day draws to a close our resident rabbits come hopping over for the last of the day&rsquo;s dropped seeds helping us to clean up ready for the following day.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We all feel so lucky to work where we can see such lovely wildlife, proving that even in an industrial estate on the outskirts of town wildlife is never far away.<br /> <br /> <a href="/bird-food/"><br /> <img alt="Buy your bird food here" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-buy-a-bird-food.jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; 0