Wildlife News: https://www.haiths.com/ Weds, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT https://www.haiths.com/ en hourly 1 Cloverfields Academy wildlife garden opening day https://www.haiths.com/cloverfields-academy-wildlife-garden-opening-day/ https://www.haiths.com/cloverfields-academy-wildlife-garden-opening-day/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ellie and Gemma https://www.haiths.com/cloverfields-academy-wildlife-garden-opening-day/ A local primary school, Humberston Cloverfields Academy, contacted Haith’s to tell us about their exciting plans to build bird feeders, bird houses and to create new habitats to attract more birds. A local primary school, Humberston Cloverfields Academy, contacted Haith’s to tell us about their exciting plans to build bird feeders, bird houses and to create new habitats to attract more birds.<br/>We&rsquo;d arranged for a variety of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/">foods</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-feeders/">feeders</a></strong> to be put aside ready for Mrs Whitfield to collect from our Factory Outlet Shop. Not only did Mrs Whitfield drop by, we also meet Mr Griffin and a few friendly classmates. We were kindly invited along to the school&rsquo;s opening day so that we could witness the hard work that the teachers and children had put in following on from their involvement in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Cloverfields School collecting product from Haith's" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Cloverfield-school-collecting-products-from-Haiths.jpg" /></div> <br /> Ellie and I had a lovely time visiting the children, admiring their displays and reading through their exercise books. It was very encouraging to see the children taking an interest in wild birds and nature &ndash; we were very impressed with their handmade nest boxes too.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Nest boxes" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Nestbox.jpg" /></div> <br /> Here are some pictures we&rsquo;d like to share with you. Keep up the good work Humberston Cloverfields Academy! <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Gemma and Ellie with a pupil" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Gemma-and-Ellie-with-a-pupil-from-Cloverfields-School.jpg" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="School information board" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/articles/School-information-board.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="School project" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/School-project.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="Replicate wildlife garden" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Replicate-wildlife-garden.jpg" /></div> 0 Is it okay to feed wild birds? https://www.haiths.com/is-it-okay-to-feed-wild-birds/ https://www.haiths.com/is-it-okay-to-feed-wild-birds/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/is-it-okay-to-feed-wild-birds/ Going to a pond and throwing pieces of bread to the ducks and geese is very enjoyable for many people and children, but it is not such a good idea for the birds themselves. Too much bread is bad for garden birds as it contains too much salt and little to no protein and therefore has poor nutritional value. Going to a pond and throwing pieces of bread to the ducks and geese is very enjoyable for many people and children, but it is not such a good idea for the birds themselves. Too much bread is bad for garden birds as it contains too much salt and little to no protein and therefore has poor nutritional value.<br/>By putting out bread you are discouraging birds looking for healthier food and can lead to malnutrition and stunted growth.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For people that love feeding the birds but want to do it responsibly, you can try more nutritional kitchen scraps, like breakfast cereal, porridge oats, crumbled biscuits and grated cheese.<br /> <br /> However, the best thing to feed your garden birds is of course high-quality, SuperClean bird food, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/mealworms/">mealworms</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/">suet</a></strong> &ndash; <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/">sunflower hearts</a></strong> fit the bill perfectly!<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Suet Range" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-of-suet(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> Haith&#39;s premium quality <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/">Sunflower Hearts</a></strong> are selected from European seeds. Feed them from tube-type seed feeders, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-tables/">bird tables, ground feeders</a></strong>, or sprinkle them on the ground where they&rsquo;ll be taken by thrushes, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/chaffinch/">Chaffinches</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/dunnock/">Dunnocks</a></strong>. Haith&rsquo;s are SuperClean and super fresh as that&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s best for garden birds and wildlife.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-tables/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ground Feeder" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-ground-feeders(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sunflower Hearts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sunflower-Hearts(27).jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> Suet is without doubt a year-round food and not just to supplement winter feeding; feed suet throughout the entire year and particularly during key periods, such as: the breeding season, during moulting and prior to migration. Our <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/mealworm-bird-cake/">Mealworm bird cakes</a></strong> are ready to go - just unwrap them and hang them where the birds can see them! They&rsquo;re packed with high-calorie fat and high-fat <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/dried-mealworms-wbst01008/">dried mealworms</a></strong>.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/dried-mealworms-wbst01008/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Dried Mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Dried-mealworms(5).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/mealworm-bird-cake/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mealworm Bird Cake" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Mealworm-Bird-Cake.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> So yes it&rsquo;s certainly OK to feed wild birds throughout the year, in fact we and others (including RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, BTO) recommend it.<br /> <br /> Whether you are feeding kitchen scraps, or seed from a reputable supplier we advise to keep up the consistency as your birds will come to rely on it.<br /> <br /> For hints, tips and advice contact one of our advisors and they will be happy to help, or alternatively visit our website at <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/">www.haiths.com</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"></strong> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Click to buy" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(18).jpg" /></a></div> 0 Big Garden Bird Watch Results 2018 https://www.haiths.com/big-garden-bird-watch-results-2018/ https://www.haiths.com/big-garden-bird-watch-results-2018/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/big-garden-bird-watch-results-2018/ In 2017 during the breeding season conditions were mild and this has been linked to a higher than usual influx of smaller bird species in our gardens during January 2018. In 2017 during the breeding season conditions were mild and this has been linked to a higher than usual influx of smaller bird species in our gardens during January 2018.<br/>The latest RSPB annual Big Garden Bird Watch has revealed that sightings of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">Goldfinches</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/long-tailed-tit/">Long-tailed tit</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/coal-tit/">Coal tits</a></strong> have increased. It would seem that birds have benefited from milder than normal temperatures during autumn and winter and on into January. This made it easier for birds to find food before the arrival of the &ldquo;Beast from the East&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/long-tailed-tit/">Long-tailed tits</a></strong> increased by 16%, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">Goldfinches</a></strong> were up 11%, and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/coal-tit/">Coal tits</a></strong> up 15% on the figures from 2017.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Long-tailed Tit" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Long-tailed-tit.jpg" /></div> <br /> Unfortunately, results have revealed a dip in our solitary species, such as <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">Robins</a></strong> (down 12%) and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">Blackbirds</a></strong> (down 18%) as these have spent more time away from our gardens in search of food. It is normal for more food to be available in the countryside during a mild winter, which means birds are less likely to visit our gardens.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Blackbird" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/blackbird(8).jpg" /></div> <br /> Almost seven million birds were counted in this year&rsquo;s survey by more than 420,000 people across the country.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:20px;">The top ten birds in the UK are:</span><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:20px;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/house-sparrow/">House Sparrow</a></span></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/house-sparrow/"><br /> <img alt="House Sparrow" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/1(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:20px;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/starling/">Starling</a>&nbsp;</span></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/starling/"><br /> <img alt="Starling" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/2(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:20px;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blue-tit/">Blue tit</a></span></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/blue-tit/"><br /> <img alt="Blue Tit" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/3(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:20px;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">Blackbird</a></span></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/"><br /> <img alt="Blackbird" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/4(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:20px;"><strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/woodpigeon/">Woodpigeon</a></strong>&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/woodpigeon/"><br /> <img alt="Wood Pigeon" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/5(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:20px;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">Goldfinch</a></span></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/"><br /> <img alt="Goldfinch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/6(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:20px;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/great-tit/">Great Tit</a></span></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/great-tit/"><br /> <img alt="Great Tit" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/7(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:20px;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">Robin</a></span></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/"><br /> <img alt="Robin" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/8(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:20px;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/long-tailed-tit/">Long-tailed tit</a></span></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/long-tailed-tit/"><br /> <img alt="Long-tailed tit" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/9(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:20px;"><strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/chaffinch/">Chaffinch</a></strong>&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/chaffinch/"><br /> <img alt="Chaffinch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/10(1).jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp; <ol> <li>&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ol> Thanks to each and every one of you for taking part, these results show that garden bird feeding is crucial at any time of the year and we look forward to 2019 results.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Click to buy banner " src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(17).jpg" /></a></div> 0 The Nightingale blog https://www.haiths.com/the-nightingale-blog/ https://www.haiths.com/the-nightingale-blog/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes https://www.haiths.com/the-nightingale-blog/ The Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) is a small passerine bird that is slightly larger than the Robin but more slender. Their colour is a rather plain brown, with a thin black/brown beak, a large dark eye and a coppery tail, which is often the only noticeable feature of the creeping adult. The Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) is a small passerine bird that is slightly larger than the Robin but more slender. Their colour is a rather plain brown, with a thin black/brown beak, a large dark eye and a coppery tail, which is often the only noticeable feature of the creeping adult.<br/>They have a loud powerful song, and they are known for their beautiful vocal abilities which have a range of whistles, trills and gurgles. They can be heard singing throughout the day and their song is particularly noticeable at night, filling the evening air with their mesmerising sound. Hence this is why its name includes the word &quot;night&quot;.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Nightingale" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/blog_745(1).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The Nightingale is one of a number of British migrant birds and usually arrives in April, departing during July/August - as they are insect eaters they have little choice but to leave our shores when the weather turns colder and return to warmer countries in search of insectivorous food.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You might naturally expect the Nightingale to nest in trees, but it builds its nest on, or just above, ground level. It forages mainly on the ground for food in thick tangled scrub and bushes and they particularly love ants and beetles.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/prosecto-insectivorous-wbsf01004/">Prosecto Insectivorous</a></strong> is a year-round soft food that&#39;s ideal for insect-eating birds; it is a good wholesome mix that is naturally nutritious, low in iron, and certainly adequate in terms of natural calcium. It can be fed from a bird table or a ground feeder which is ideal for the Nightingale to eat from.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/prosecto-insectivorous-wbsf01004/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Prosecto" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/prosecto(1).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> Nightingales can consequently be a difficult bird to see. In recent years, they have declined by 90 percent over the last 50 years and are now a red status species.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Over the last century they could be found commonly around London and during the year 1819 a Nightingale was found on Hampstead Heath - John Keats celebrated its arrival in his famous poem, &lsquo;Ode to a Nightingale&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h1 align="center"><u>Ode to a Nightingale</u></h1> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;">My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains</div> <div style="text-align: center;">My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,<br /> Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains<br /> One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:<br /> &#39;Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,<br /> But being too happy in thine happiness,&mdash;<br /> That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees<br /> In some melodious plot<br /> Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,<br /> Singest of summer in full-throated ease.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been<br /> Cool&#39;d a long age in the deep-delved earth,<br /> Tasting of Flora and the country green,<br /> Dance, and Proven&ccedil;al song, and sunburnt mirth!<br /> O for a beaker full of the warm South,<br /> Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,<br /> With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,<br /> And purple-stained mouth;<br /> That I might drink, and leave the world unseen,<br /> And with thee fade away into the forest dim:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget<br /> What thou among the leaves hast never known,<br /> The weariness, the fever, and the fret<br /> Here, where men sit and hear each other groan;<br /> Where palsy shakes a few, sad, last gray hairs,<br /> Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies;<br /> Where but to think is to be full of sorrow<br /> And leaden-eyed despairs,<br /> Where Beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes,<br /> Or new Love pine at them beyond to-morrow.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Away! away! for I will fly to thee,<br /> Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,<br /> But on the viewless wings of Poesy,<br /> Though the dull brain perplexes and retards:<br /> Already with thee! tender is the night,<br /> And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,<br /> Cluster&#39;d around by all her starry Fays;<br /> But here there is no light,<br /> Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown<br /> Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I cannot see what flowers are at my feet,<br /> Nor what soft incense hangs upon the boughs,<br /> But, in embalmed darkness, guess each sweet<br /> Wherewith the seasonable month endows<br /> The grass, the thicket, and the fruit-tree wild;<br /> White hawthorn, and the pastoral eglantine;<br /> Fast fading violets cover&#39;d up in leaves;<br /> And mid-May&#39;s eldest child,<br /> The coming musk-rose, full of dewy wine,<br /> The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Darkling I listen; and, for many a time<br /> I have been half in love with easeful Death,<br /> Call&#39;d him soft names in many a mused rhyme,<br /> To take into the air my quiet breath;<br /> Now more than ever seems it rich to die,<br /> To cease upon the midnight with no pain,<br /> While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad<br /> In such an ecstasy!<br /> Still wouldst thou sing, and I have ears in vain&mdash;<br /> To thy high requiem become a sod.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!<br /> No hungry generations tread thee down;<br /> The voice I hear this passing night was heard<br /> In ancient days by emperor and clown:<br /> Perhaps the self-same song that found a path<br /> Through the sad heart of Ruth, when, sick for home,<br /> She stood in tears amid the alien corn;<br /> The same that oft-times hath<br /> Charm&#39;d magic casements, opening on the foam<br /> Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Forlorn! the very word is like a bell<br /> To toll me back from thee to my sole self!<br /> Adieu! the fancy cannot cheat so well<br /> As she is fam&#39;d to do, deceiving elf.<br /> Adieu! adieu! thy plaintive anthem fades<br /> Past the near meadows, over the still stream,<br /> Up the hill-side; and now &#39;tis buried deep<br /> In the next valley-glades:<br /> Was it a vision, or a waking dream?<br /> Fled is that music:&mdash;Do I wake or sleep?<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"></div> <div><img alt="Click to buy banner" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(16).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> &nbsp; 0 What do you feed a bird? https://www.haiths.com/what-do-you-feed-a-bird/ https://www.haiths.com/what-do-you-feed-a-bird/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes https://www.haiths.com/what-do-you-feed-a-bird/ The first thing to do is to find out which birds are most likely to be visitors to your garden. That means bird identification: if your bird ID is a little sketchy, use our online A to Z bird guide. The first thing to do is to find out which birds are most likely to be visitors to your garden. That means bird identification: if your bird ID is a little sketchy, use our online A to Z bird guide.<br/>Providing food for the birds is one of the easiest things you can do to help wildlife. When feeding the birds it&#39;s important they are fed a healthy diet - all year round if possible - but especially during the colder months, which should be a priority.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Putting out a good quality seed mix will encourage the birds to visit your garden and it will provide them with the essential energy they need. The best seed diets contain lots of different seeds in many shapes and sizes to encourage enrichment and natural seed-eating behaviour.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> When it comes to choosing the right food, to help you decide we have a basic chart which is a guide to show each food and the more common garden birds that will generally feed on them.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chart" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Bird-Chart-(002).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> The best way to encourage the birds is by hanging out a bird feeder; there are different types of feeders depending on what food you wish to feed.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It is also important to provide the birds with access to clean water to drink and bathe in - birdbaths should be regularly cleaned. <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/hygiene-essentials/">Hygiene</a></strong> is also very important and appliances should be cleaned regularly.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fruit such as apples, pears and plums are a great bird food as they have high water content and these can be halved and left on either the bird table or on the ground for <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">robins</a></strong>, thrushes and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">blackbirds</a> </strong>to enjoy.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Golden-Chorus-(002).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/">Golden Chorus</a></strong> is a soft-food mix of wholesome goodness. The enjoyment begins as soon as you open a delicious bag of Golden Chorus - you&#39;ll love the aromatic blend of rowan and juniper berries with crumbly moist soft-food (which is 100% edible) but the <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">Robins</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/wren/">Wrens</a></strong>, thrushes, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">Blackbirds</a></strong> plus tits and finches will love it more.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Golden-Chorus(7).jpg" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Original wild bird food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Org-Wild-bird-(002).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/house-sparrow/">House Sparrows</a></strong>, finches, Unlocks and collared doves are mainly attracted to small seeds, such as millet. Tits and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/greenfinch/">Greenfinches</a></strong> favour sunflower while flaked maize is taken readily by <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">Blackbirds</a></strong>.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Original wild bird food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Original-wild-bird-food(14).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/">Haith&#39;s Original Wild Bird Food</a> </strong>is an all year round mixture and includes all the grains suitable for a variety of the birds. It is a great value, low-cost, super clean and safe bird seed diet.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sunflower hearts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sunhearts-(002).jpg" /></div> </a>&nbsp;<br /> Many birds are attracted to <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-bird-seeds/">sunflower seeds</a></strong> as they are rich in calories, protein and unsaturated fats. They&#39;re included in many of our seed mixes and appeal to so many garden birds.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch-and-siskin-mix/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Goldfinch Mix" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Goldfinch-mix.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch-and-siskin-mix/"></div> <div><img alt="Goldfinch &amp; Siskin Mix" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Goldfinch-and-siskin-mix(4).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">Goldfinches</a></strong> are gregarious in nature and will often feed in large numbers (a charm) where there&#39;s a regular supply of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/">Niger Seed</a></strong> or <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/">sunflower hearts</a></strong>.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sunflower Hearts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sunflower-Hearts(26).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/">Niger seed</a></strong> is a fine oil-rich, free-flowing seed which needs to be fed from a special Niger Feeder. Additionally, our unique <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch-and-siskin-mix/">Goldfinch Mix</a></strong> is a very special blend of oil-rich seeds (including Teazle seed) enriched with natural calcium-rich seeds for healthier birds.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Premium Peanuts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Prem-peanuts-(002).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Premium Peanuts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Peanuts-Premium-Quality(10).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com">Peanuts</a> </strong>are one of the simplest ways to feed birds. Each peanut is high in calories and oils, and birds can quickly access enough calories to be on their way conducting the day to day business of survival. The quality of peanuts however varies greatly and poor quality can be harmful to the birds.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/live-mealworms/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Live-mealworms-(002).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/live-mealworms/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Live Mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Live-mealworms(6).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/live-mealworms/">Live mealworms</a></strong> provide essential protein and moisture for garden birds to feed themselves and their young. They are vegetarian larvae and are clean and odourless. Mealworms are rich in protein (48%) and fat (40%) and are relished by many species of bird. It is very important that mealworms are fresh when they are fed to the birds so it&#39;s best to keep live ones in a cool place.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Suet" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Suet-cake-(002).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/">Suet foods</a></strong> are loved by birds and provide an essential energy boost throughout the year. They are a fantastic way for birds to get much of the nutritious goodness they need, especially during the winter season.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Suet banner" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-softfood(1).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> A healthy diet generally means healthy birds, and once you have chosen the right foods for your birds you can then watch your feathered friends flock to your garden.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And what a delight they are to see.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Click to buy banner" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(15).jpg" /></a></div> 0 What kind of food do birds like to eat? https://www.haiths.com/what-kind-of-food-do-birds-like-to-eat/ https://www.haiths.com/what-kind-of-food-do-birds-like-to-eat/#comments Weds, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Eleanor Wharton https://www.haiths.com/what-kind-of-food-do-birds-like-to-eat/ As with humans, birds also like a variety to their diet. Here at Haith’s, we are regularly asked ‘What kind of food do birds like to eat?’ We offer a wide range of foods to suit every bird’s needs. More importantly, our wild bird food is SuperClean™ so not only is it healthy, it’s also safe. As with humans, birds also like a variety to their diet. Here at Haith’s, we are regularly asked ‘What kind of food do birds like to eat?’ We offer a wide range of foods to suit every bird’s needs. More importantly, our wild bird food is SuperClean™ so not only is it healthy, it’s also safe.<br/>If you are in need of inspiration as to what kind of food birds like to eat then read on&hellip;<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/mealworms/">Live food</a></strong><br /> <br /> Although some people think that live food should only be fed during the breeding season, this is just a myth. Wild birds benefit from live foods all year round as they provide essential protein and moisture. You can choose from standard <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/live-mealworms/">Mealworms</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/live-mini-mealworms/">Mini Mealworms</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/wax-worms/">Waxworms</a></strong> too.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/live-mealworms/"> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Live-mealworms(5).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/live-mini-mealworms/"></div> <div><img alt="Live Mini Mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Live-mini-mealworms.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/wax-worms/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Waxworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Waxworms.jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Popular classics </strong><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/">Sunflower Hearts</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts/">Peanuts</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/">Niger Seed</a></strong> are an extremely popular choice for birds.<br /> Our <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/">Sunflower Hearts</a></strong> are a firm favourite with the birds in our wildlife area here at Europarc. <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/">Sunflower Hearts</a></strong> are high in calorie and provide- much needed energy. We also offer <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/black-sunflower/">Black Sunflower</a></strong> too which encourages natural foraging as the birds must remove the husk to uncover the heart inside.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sunflower Hearts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sunflower-Hearts(25).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/"></div> <div><img alt="Niger Seed" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Niger-Seed(10).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/black-sunflower/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Black Sunflower" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Black-Sunflower-Seed(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/">Niger Seed</a></strong> is rich in oil and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">Goldfinches</a></strong> can&rsquo;t get enough of it! Our top tip would be to purchase a tray to go with your feeder to capture waste husks.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts/">Peanuts</a></strong> are packed with protein and oils and offer a real energy boost! It&rsquo;s really important to feed <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts/">peanuts</a></strong> from a suitable feeder, especially during breeding season as whole peanuts may get lodged in the throats of baby birds. Only <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanut-granules-wbst01001/">Peanut Granules</a></strong> can be fed on the ground or on bird tables.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanut-granules-wbst01001/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Peanut Granules" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Peanut-Granules(5).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-softfoods/">Soft food</a></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-softfoods/">Soft foods</a></strong> are easily digestible and contain higher moisture levels than a traditional seed diet. Whilst all birds enjoy soft food, our mixes are ideal for fledglings.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-softfoods/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Soft food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-softfood.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> Our soft foods are a favourite as they contain various ingredients which the birds love; for example, fruits, insects, mealworms and berries.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/">Suet</a>&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Throughout the season&rsquo;s birds need as much energy as they can possibly get, feeding suet to the birds in your garden will help keep their energy levels up. With the bird&rsquo;s energy levels rising, this helps them sustain activity levels longer between meals. So, bring out the suet!<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Click to buy banner Suet" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-of-suet.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> Our varied range of suets includes fat balls and blocks but we also form suet as pellets too so there&rsquo;s plenty of choice for birds.<br /> <br /> We hope that we&rsquo;ve helped to answer the question &lsquo;what kind of bird food do birds like to eat?&rsquo; Whichever of our foods that you decide to try you can have confidence that the wild birds would benefit from them in their diet.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Click to buy banner" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(14).jpg" /></a></div> 0