Haith's Wildlife Blog https://www.haiths.com/ Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT https://www.haiths.com/ en hourly 1 Robins aren't just for Christmas https://www.haiths.com/robins-arent-just-for-christmas/ https://www.haiths.com/robins-arent-just-for-christmas/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/robins-arent-just-for-christmas/ Robins are undoubtedly one of the UK’s favourite birds and with its bright red breast it is familiar to us throughout the year – not just at Christmas. Robins are undoubtedly one of the UK’s favourite birds and with its bright red breast it is familiar to us throughout the year – not just at Christmas.<br/>Males and females look indistinguishable but young birds have no red breast and are spotted with golden brown.<br /> &nbsp; <div>Victorian postmen, who were also known as <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">Robin</a></strong> Red-breasts due to their red waistcoats, may be the reason why so many robins feature on our Christmas cards.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin waiting" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Robin-waiting.jpg" /></div> <br /> Even in the darkest days of winter they will sing but regardless of their cute appearance they are known to be very territorial and are quick to push away intruders.<br /> <br /> They can be seen all over the UK searching for insects, fruits, seeds and worms usually in hedgerows, woodland, parks and gardens.<br /> <br /> This much-loved garden bird can be attracted into your garden with these foods.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/softbill-food-wbsf01006/">Softbill Food</a></strong> is one of our original 1950&rsquo;s recipes. It is a high protein bird food which contains vitamins and minerals and dried flies and blended with baker&rsquo;s honey, this makes it more attractive for robins.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/softbill-food-wbsf01006/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Softbill Food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Softbill-Food(8).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> It is very similar to natural baby food which is ideal in the breeding season for parents and fledglings. Other ground feeding birds will also love <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/softbill-food-wbsf01006/">Softbill Food</a></strong> and will readily take to this nutritional soft food.<br /> <br /> It can be fed on the ground, table or a soft food feeder.<br /> <br /> *<strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com">Fat Robin</a></strong> is a softfood blended with High Energy Suet Pellets and ever popular sunflower hearts, with raisins and vegetable oils, and is a favourite with popular garden birds like the Robin, and if fed regularly you will get the <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">Robin</a></strong> eating out of your hand literally. It can also be fed on the ground, table or soft food feeder.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/fat-robin/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Fat Robin click to buy" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Fat-Robin-2.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> *Please Note: this product includes raisins and can be toxic to dogs.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/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-2(2).jpg" /></a></div> 0 The Robin https://www.haiths.com/the-robin/ https://www.haiths.com/the-robin/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes https://www.haiths.com/the-robin/ The Robin (Erithacus rubecula), is a small insectivorous passerine bird and is simply known as the robin or robin redbreast (due to the colour of its breast being bright red) the upperparts are brown, the belly is whitish and the face is lined with grey, both female and males are very similar in colour. The Robin (Erithacus rubecula), is a small insectivorous passerine bird and is simply known as the robin or robin redbreast (due to the colour of its breast being bright red) the upperparts are brown, the belly is whitish and the face is lined with grey, both female and males are very similar in colour.<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Robin" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/robin(17).jpg" /></div> <br /> These delightful little birds have a lovely melodious voice that can be heard all year round; there cheerful song is a delight to hear and it can also actually be a warning to other birds that come too close. Despite their cute appearance they are very territorial and are very quick to drive away intruders, they will defend their territories to the death, and so in the nursery rhyme &quot;Who killed Cock Robin?&quot;, another Robin rather than a sparrow would be more likely:<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Who killed Cock Robin?<br /> I said the Sparrow,<br /> With my bow and arrow,<br /> And I killed Cock Robin&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Robins are known to be one of the UK&rsquo;s favorite birds and can be spotted in woodlands, hedgerows, parks and gardens, and feed mainly on insects and worms. Mealworms are a firm favourite and the robin being one of the tamest wild birds can be trained to take food from an out- stretched hand.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/live-mealworms/"><img alt="Mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Live-mealworms(13).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> The Robins will also love our special soft-food Fat Robin full of nutritious ingredients, that are blended together with high-energy suet pellets and ever-popular Sunflower Hearts plus vegetable oils and raisins. This mix can be spread on the ground or placed on the bird table and will be taken eagerly.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/fat-robin/"><img alt="FAT ROBIN" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Fat-Robin(5).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Feeding this bird food will soon prove that a Robin isn&#39;t just for Christmas! 0 What you should know about our top 10 bird foods https://www.haiths.com/what-you-should-know-about-our-top-10-bird-foods/ https://www.haiths.com/what-you-should-know-about-our-top-10-bird-foods/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT Simon H. King https://www.haiths.com/what-you-should-know-about-our-top-10-bird-foods/ I want to help you get your garden in great shape for wild birds this new year and thought the best way I could do this is to let you know more about our Top 10 bird foods. I want to help you get your garden in great shape for wild birds this new year and thought the best way I could do this is to let you know more about our Top 10 bird foods. <br/>I&rsquo;m going to list the Top 10 based on my own experience and I hope the extra information provided will help you discover a new food for your garden visitors this year.<br /> <br /> Happy New Year&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Simon King<br /> Associate Director<br /> <br /> <u><strong>One for All&trade;</strong></u><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/one-for-all-super-high-energy-no-mess-seed-mix/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="One For All" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/One-for-all(8).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> My first choice is One for All&trade; because it&rsquo;s one bird food for all garden birds and all seasons, which removes some of the guesswork from seed selection. What I like most about it is that in my trials it attracted more different species of bird than feeding sunflower hearts on their own. Additionally, the peanut granules encouraged the birds to stay on the feeder and feed, which meant they were in sight for prolonged periods and I could enjoy watching them for longer. In contrast, Sunflower hearts &ndash; when fed on their own &ndash; encourage birds to disappear and feed out of sight and that&rsquo;s (perhaps selfishly) less enjoyable to watch. One for All leaves no mess, which means there&rsquo;s less sweeping up to do on the patio and that&rsquo;s a bonus when the weather brings its worst.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/one-for-all-super-high-energy-no-mess-seed-mix/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Who will eat One for All" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Birds-that-eat-One-For-All(6).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> One for All can be fed from a tube type seed feeder or freely from a bird table; however, I go against the grain and feed it from a sunflower heart feeder because that encourages more birds to cling and feed rather than wait in the wings for a vacant perch and feeding port. I also believe this open feeder releases the seeds&#39; odour and somehow sends a nutritional signal to passing birds, which they quickly explore.<br /> <br /> <u><strong>Winterberry&trade;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/winterberry-the-high-energy-mix-for-overwintering-birds/"></strong></u> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Winterberry" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Winterberry(4).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> This mix looks great in a feeder and offers high-energy pellets plus black sunflower and sunflower hearts so, how could it possibly fail? It can&rsquo;t is the answer. What I like most is watching the birds as they sift through the mix and switch from a piece of pellet and a morsel or two of sunflower or peanut granule. It&#39;s facinating to watch.<br /> <br /> The oil-rich variety seems to trigger a less obvious feeding pattern and I feel that encourages a natural enrichment of sifting and sorting based on a bird&rsquo;s daily demands for energy and nutrition. In my trials, I certainly see an increase in pellet consumption when the weather cools plus a charming size/variety of bird species ranging from Dunnock to Bullfinch.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/winterberry-the-high-energy-mix-for-overwintering-birds/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="who will eat winterberry" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Birds-that-eat-Winterberry(5).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> I feel Winterberry works best from a tube type seed feeder and bird table.<br /> <br /> <u><strong>The Huskfree Advance range</strong></u><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/huskfree-advance/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Huskfree range" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-huskfree-bird-foods(5).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> I&rsquo;m cheating here because there are three bird foods in the Advance range; however, they&rsquo;re all based on our time tested Advance base mix which was one of the first huskfree mixes available in the UK in the 1990s. The theory was simple, garden bird enthusiasts were beginning to feed the birds in large numbers but were unhappy about the mess waste husk was leaving on their patios and lawns so we created Huskfree Advance. As the years unfolded, we introduced dried mealworms to provide amino acid and suet pellets for their unrivalled energy and easy to feed properties.<br /> <br /> What I like most about the Advance range is that it&rsquo;s been steadily improved for over twenty years based on customer feedback. We&rsquo;ve managed to hit a delicate balance between price and genuine huskfree seeds that leave no mess at the base of feeders because anything that drops to the ground is consumed by ground feeding Chaffinches, Dunnocks and other species that feed predominantly on the ground.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/huskfree-advance/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="who will eat our Advance range" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Birds-that-eat-our-huskfree-range.jpg" /></a></div> The other things I like about Haith&rsquo;s huskfree advance is that it genuinely only includes huskfree seeds. You may be surprised to read that many so-called huskfree mixes contain millets and canary seed which, of course, have husks and leave waste.<br /> <br /> <u><strong>Golden Chorus<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/"></strong></u> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Golden-Chorus(27).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> We laboured over the recipe for this unique mix and spent weeks thinking about its eventual name Golden Chorus. It&rsquo;s hard to explain why it&rsquo;s amongst my favourites, because part of its charm is its texture and aromatic blend of crumbly soft food for which we&rsquo;ve become famous for it&rsquo;s so very hard to manufacture! Each grain of Golden Chorus looks and smells delicious. I challenge anyone not to fall in love with it from the moment the bag&rsquo;s first opened as it&rsquo;s unlike any other bird food mix on the market.<br /> <br /> I like to feed it from a bird table or soft food feeder. It&rsquo;s a premium quality mix and I don&rsquo;t scatter it around the garden as I want to be certain each morsel is appreciated. I suppose that sounds a little strange? It shouldn&rsquo;t make much of a difference to me whether the birds appreciate the food on offer, but it somehow does when it comes to Golden Chorus because I know how much goes into making it.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Who will eat Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Birds-that-eat-Golden-Chorus(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <u><strong>OlymPECK!<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/olympeck-bird-breakfast-bird-seed-mix/"></strong></u> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Olympeck " src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Olympeck.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> When we launched OlymPECK to celebrate our 75th anniversary, the 2012 Olympic Games and the Queen&rsquo;s Diamond Jubilee we didn&rsquo;t expect to still be blending fresh batches of it by 2020 &ndash; but we are. It&rsquo;s not only amongst my favourites, it&rsquo;s popularity in gardens across the UK has increased and I can understand why. It&rsquo;s a complex mix of seeds and offers high-quality variety specifically to seed-eaters and notably finches who take naturally to rolling and cracking seeds with their parrot-like beaks to get at the kernel inside. Taking of seeds, one of the unsung heroes of bird seeds features in OlymPECK &ndash; Safflower seed. In the UK, we press Safflower for its vegetable oil and it seems our garden visitors know only too well that the effort to crack the seed will be rewarded with a high-calorie meal.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/olympeck-bird-breakfast-bird-seed-mix/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Birds who eat Olympeck" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Birds-that-eat-OlymPECK(3).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <u><strong>Native Finch<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/native-finch-wild-bird-seed-mix/"></strong></u> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Native Finch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Native-Finch(6).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> I&rsquo;m not a big fan of species specific seed mixes but Native Finch ticks all the boxes for my garden guests. It was originally developed to attract Britain&rsquo;s finches: Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Chaffinches but Blue tits and Great tits seem happy to feast on its contents. It&rsquo;s fantastic for finches, though, because the array of seeds offer huge variety and encourage natural behaviour &ndash; which for finches means using that parrot-like beak to roll the seed and eventually crack it open to free the kernel. Native Finch is naturally nutritious and oil-rich and contains another unsung hero of mine: hempseed. Hempseed is rich in essential fatty acids and a great source of protein and vitamin E.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/native-finch-wild-bird-seed-mix/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Who will eat Native Finch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Birds-that-eat-Native-Finch(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <u><strong>Premium wheat-free wild bird food<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/premium-wheat-free-wild-bird-food/"></strong></u> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Premium Wild Bird" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Premium-wild-bird-food(17).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> I find that most of my fellow garden birders are quite happy to feed all garden birds and see little point in excluding certain species. However, if there is one bird many birders wish to exclude it&rsquo;s the feral pigeon. It&rsquo;s not enough that the pigeon can consume more than his fair share of seed he also is inclined to tell his friends where they can fill up too. No-one would mind the pigeon vacuuming the spilled seed that finds its way to the ground &ndash; beneath a feeder &ndash; but some pigeons will sit and occupy a feeding port for the entire morning or afternoon and that makes it hard for the smaller birds to access feed. After a few months of tearing our hair out we eventually created Premium wheat-free wild bird food and seems to offer everything a greedy pigeon isn&rsquo;t looking for. A pigeon has one thing on its mind &ndash; wheat, wheat, wheat. So, we leave it out of the Premium wheat-free bird food. I have no intention of fully excluding the pigeons from my garden as that&rsquo;s somewhat unfair. They&rsquo;ll still find a few morsels to eat but they won&rsquo;t occupy the feeding ports &ndash; they&rsquo;ll bumble around on the ground like a dog trying to remember where it buried a bone but the other birds will feed freely and the pigeon will consume whatever hits the ground (saving me from sweeping the patio!).<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/premium-wheat-free-wild-bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Who will eat Premium Wild Bird Food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Birds-that-eat-Premium-Wild-Bird-Food(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <u><strong>Prosecto Insectivorous<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/prosecto-insectivorous-wbsf01004/"></strong></u> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Prosecto Insectivorous" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/prosecto(14).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> I&rsquo;m aware there&rsquo;s an awful lot of hyperbole out there when it comes to describing bird foods. It turns out that Prosecto Insectivorous is a food much improved by science and nutritionists who understand the requirements of birds. Yes, it looks and smells delicious and the birds can eat every single morsel as it&rsquo;s completely waste free and 100% edible; however, it has a beneficial Ca/P ratio and low iron count because it was developed to help feed birds with iron storage disease. It&rsquo;s also high in protein compared to a standard seed mix and it&rsquo;s certainly one of my favourite soft foods.<br /> <br /> I feed it judiciously. I don&rsquo;t just throw it out and hope the birds find it. I put it somewhere where I know they&rsquo;ll come across it and I feed it to supplement the dry seed mixes I&rsquo;m providing which are generally deficient in amino acids. I may even sprinkle a little Prosecto over the top of a standard seed mix to add extra goodness and boost the goodness being taken away by the birds.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/prosecto-insectivorous-wbsf01004/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Who will eat Prosecto" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Birds-that-eat-Prosecto-insectivorous(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <u><strong>Original Wild Bird Food<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/"></strong></u> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Original Wild bird food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Original-wild-bird-food(21).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> Even though this mix does contain wheat it&rsquo;s worthy of a place in my Top 10 because it&rsquo;s great value and subject to all the quality control processes at Haith&rsquo;s, which means it&rsquo;s super-clean and safe for birds. I would, however, chose to feed Premium wheat-free over Original Wild Bird Food because its seeds are finer and it&rsquo;s wheat-free, of course.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Who will eat Original wild Bird Food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Birds-that-eat-Original-wild-Bird-Food(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <u><strong>Heart Mix<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/heart-mix-charity-bird-food/"></strong></u> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Heart Mix " src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Heart-Mix.jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> My final favourite is the Heart Mix because we get to do good things twice: we help bird enthusiasts feed a super-nutritious seed mix fit for a huge variety of garden visitors and we&rsquo;re raising money for our local hospice to help enhance their wildlife gardens. The St Andrew&rsquo;s Hospice do an amazing job here in N E Lincolnshire and that&rsquo;s why we decided to team up with them to blend an extra special seed mix where we donate 20% of each sale straight to the Hospice.<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;ve so far raised more than &pound;1,000 and some of that will be used to enhance the charities wildlife gardens in hope that a little solace can be found in the natural world at a time when we most need a friendly face or two. Birds need us, but we need them and I&rsquo;ll be the first to admit they are an accessible gateway to the wonderful world of watching natural history go about its business.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/heart-mix-charity-bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Heart Mix" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Birds-that-eat-Heart-Mix(1).jpg" /></a></div> <div>If you&#39;d like to read more tips and insights from Simon King <a href="https://www.haiths.com/blog/?category=adventures+with+an+iphone">click here</a> to read his adventures with an iphone series.</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"></div> <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-2(1).jpg" /></a></div> 0 The Tree Sparrow https://www.haiths.com/the-tree-sparrow/ https://www.haiths.com/the-tree-sparrow/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes https://www.haiths.com/the-tree-sparrow/ The Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) is a passerine bird from the sparrow family. It is smaller than a House Sparrow, but its appearance is similar. The Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) is a passerine bird from the sparrow family. It is smaller than a House Sparrow, but its appearance is similar.<br/>Its chest is a chestnut-brown mantle flecked with black and pale grey-brown. It has distinguishing marks which are a chestnut crown, double white wing bars and a black patch on the ear coverts.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The tree sparrow" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/The-tree-sparrow.jpg" /></div> <br /> It is a gregarious bird with a distinctive call which sounds like a high-pitched &quot;chip&quot;, and its song is a repeated variation of its call. It&#39;s seen in small flocks, and breeds in small groups. The Tree Sparrow is found in woodland edges, hedgerows and farmland, and this scarce bird is less likely to live near people.<br /> <br /> It naturally nests in tree holes but as the countryside has been &#39;tidied up&#39; and ageing orchards and trees have been removed so have the Tree Sparrow nest sites. The numbers of the Tree Sparrow have declined over the last few decades, and it is now a red-listed species of conservation concern.<br /> <br /> Tree Sparrows need a place to breed and - of course - something to eat. So, if you have a garden, there is a way you can help by providing shelter and a place to breed, &#39;hole-type&#39; nest boxes are a great one which they will readily use, and the required entrance hole size for the nest box is 32mm (1&frac14;&quot;) diameter.<br /> <br /> They feed mainly on small wild plants, seeds from grasses and insects, and they are very fond of millet and sunflower seeds.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/">Haith&#39;s Original Wild Bird</a></strong> food is an impressively popular, affordable selection of bird seeds suitable for year-round feeding to a wide variety of garden birds and appreciated by all sparrows. It&#39;s ideal for ground and bird table feeding as well as tube-types bird seed feeders. Don&#39;t be fooled by its affordability, though, it&#39;s still a Haith&#39;s SUPERCLEAN&trade; bird food, and it contains high-energy sunflowers and wholegrain cereal for slow-release energy. It&#39;s a winning recipe that&#39;s worked since the 1960s.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Original wild bird" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Original-wild-bird-food(20).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> Tree Sparrows consume a wide variety of seeds especially during the breeding season and - as they have suffered a severe decline - it is vital that we do everything we can to help the small population that remains in Britain.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/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-2.jpg" /></a></div> 0 Bird food for sparrows https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-for-sparrows/ https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-for-sparrows/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-for-sparrows/ 'Little brown birds' are what many people still call sparrows. But they are so much more than that. 'Little brown birds' are what many people still call sparrows. But they are so much more than that.<br/>Sparrows have been established in the UK&#39;s hedges and trees for more than a century. They live in large groups and are well known for having a mighty appetite, but unfortunately, life is becoming increasingly severe for them.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sparrow" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sparrows.jpg" /></div> <br /> Once one of Britain&#39;s most familiar birds their numbers have crashed, but the cause of this decline is unknown. Changes in agricultural practices and improved hygiene around grain stores may be partly to blame for the rural house sparrow decline; however, it&#39;s much more complicated than that.<br /> <br /> Sparrows are happy in the company of humans and usually set up colonies close to urban communities, but they may flock to the countryside in late summer to feed on ripening grain fields.<br /> <br /> They have deep conical bills adapted for seed-eating, which is excellent news as we have a full range of seeds which is perfect for attracting house and tree sparrows.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/black-sunflower/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Black Sunflower" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Black-Sunflower-Seed(7).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> Haith&#39;s premium quality <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/black-sunflower/">Black Sunflower</a></strong> seeds herald from Europe. They have a thinner husk than the traditional striped sunflowers. They are easy to break open and contain protein and high levels of natural oil.<br /> <br /> We only select high-quality <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/black-sunflower/">Black Sunflower</a></strong> bird seed, and we always super-clean our raw materials to remove any chaff, so it&#39;s in its peak condition when it gets despatched to feed Britain&#39;s brilliant birds.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/feeder-seed-wild-bird-seed-mix/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Feeder Seed" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Feeder-seed(5).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> If you would like to spoil your garden birds, then Haith&#39;s <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/feeder-seed-wild-bird-seed-mix/">Feeder Seed</a></strong> will do the trick. It is full of high-energy, oil-rich seeds perfect for tube-type seed feeders.<br /> <br /> An excellent all-round seed especially beneficial during Autumn/Winter.<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(8).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> These are a favourite for a lot of species of wild birds and can be mixed with other foods or can be fed on their own, to increase their nutritional value and boost energy levels, as they are high in fat, fibre and protein.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanut-granules-wbst01001/">Peanuts granules</a></strong> are safe to feed on bird tables, bird feeders and the ground. Even during the breeding season, baby birds can safely consume the small granules without fear of choking.<br /> <br /> All our Peanut Granules are tested to be safe from aflatoxins and are of the highest quality.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> 0 Preparing wild birds for winter https://www.haiths.com/preparing-wild-birds-for-winter/ https://www.haiths.com/preparing-wild-birds-for-winter/#comments Weds, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT Chris https://www.haiths.com/preparing-wild-birds-for-winter/ Winter can be a wonderful season for attracting birds into your garden if you provide the correct conditions that wild birds need to survive. Winter can be a wonderful season for attracting birds into your garden if you provide the correct conditions that wild birds need to survive.<br/>Cold temperatures, unforgiving storms and little food make the winter the harshest season for wild birds. Feeding the birds is relatively easy, though. And it doesn&rsquo;t take a big investment to get started. Whatever you do, ensure the food offerings you present are free of dirt and debris as dust can damage a bird&rsquo;s respiratory system.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Your birds are safe with Haith&#39;s bird food, however. All of Haith&#39;s bird foods are super-clean and blended with great care to help wildlife thrive.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> There are three main ways that you can do to help the wild birds survive the harshest of winters.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><u>Food<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"></u></strong><img alt="Click here to view our range of bird foods" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(70).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Providing the best winter food for your feeders is essential. We recommend <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/high-energy-extra/">High-Energy Extra with Dried Mealwrms</a></strong> as it&#39;s packed with extra energy, which can be invaluable when temperatures plummet in a cold snap. It has added calcium for healthier garden birds and contains high-protein&nbsp; Peanut Granules and oil-rich sunflower seeds.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/high-energy-extra/"><img alt="High-energy extra with dried mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/High-energy-extra(3).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <u><strong>Water</strong></u><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-baths/"><img alt="Bird baths" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/click-here-to-buy-Bird-Baths.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Water means life for all animals Birds need to drink regularly whether it&rsquo;s hot or cold. Indeed even in the depths of an extremely cold winter, they must bathe to maintain their plumage. Birds, especially small ones, need to drink at least twice a day and being able to rely on water that we can supply, makes a big difference.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To help prevent a bird bath from freezing over this winter, try a tennis ball, cork or ping-pong ball placed in unfrozen water &ndash; these can help to prevent water freezing over as they&rsquo;ll move in the wind and agitate the surface of the water.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u><strong>Shelter<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/schwegler-32mm-woodcrete-nest-box/"></strong></u><br /> <img alt="View our range of nest boxes" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/View-our-range-of-Nest-boxes.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Winter is a challenging time for wild birds finding a snug place to sleep on a cold winter&rsquo;s night, for more protection, why not help them to become comfortable and secure. Evergreen trees and shrubs are a good natural insulation but also bird boxes and bird nesters and nesting material are essential to protect birds from zero temperatures and driving winds. They&rsquo;ll provide shelter in winter and a place to breed in spring. Always place the nest boxes out of the way of northern winds or heavy snowfall and rainstorms.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> By providing these basic needs for wild birds as seasons change, it will be easy to attract birds into your garden and enjoy their company throughout the year.<br /> &nbsp; 0