Haith's Wildlife Blog https://www.haiths.com/ Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.haiths.com/ en hourly 1 Bird food for doves https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-for-doves/ https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-for-doves/#comments Tues, 12 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-for-doves/ Pigeons and doves all belong to the same family of birds, the Columbidae family. They share many particular features, such as rotund bodies, short scaly legs, and tapered wings. All pigeons and doves that belong to this family share the same 'cooing' call. Pigeons and doves all belong to the same family of birds, the Columbidae family. They share many particular features, such as rotund bodies, short scaly legs, and tapered wings. All pigeons and doves that belong to this family share the same 'cooing' call. <br/><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Fan tail dove" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Fantail-dove.jpg" /></div> <br /> Rock Doves are the ancestors of all fancy pigeons that have escaped from their captivity and now live in cities and towns. The Dove has been a symbol of love and peace for many years and is often released at weddings.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/dovecote-a1-fancy-pigeon-mixture/">Dovecote and A1 Fancy Pigeon Mix</a></strong> are suitable for Fantail Doves and ornamental pigeons as it contains wheat, dari, barley and maize, which you&#39;ll find your local doves and pigeons are very fond of consuming.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/dovecote-a1-fancy-pigeon-mixture/"><img alt="Dovecote and A1 Fancy Pigeon Mix" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/dove-cote-and-A1.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/dried-mealworms-wbst01008/">Dried mealworms</a> </strong>provide protein and energy and are wriggle free. We recommend using dried mealworms judiciously during the breeding season and ideally moistening before use by soaking them in warm water to rehydrate them for youngsters. They can also be fed straight from the bag as they deliver extra protein all-year-round.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/dried-mealworms-wbst01008/"><img alt="Dried Mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Dried-mealworms(11).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/red-band-pigeon-conditioner/">Red Band Conditioner</a></strong> is famous amongst pigeon fanciers - it&#39;s one of our classic mixes, with the high carbohydrate content it provides organs and muscles with the energy needed for FAST flying and is used for racing pigeons too.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/red-band-pigeon-conditioner/"><img alt="Red band" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Red-Band.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Grits are essential in all seed-eating birds&#39; digestive systems, and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/fine-oystershell-grit-wbhe01001/">Fine Oystershell Grit</a></strong> is especially suitable to help birds digest their foods while also supplying some of the minerals and trace elements essential for good health. It is insoluble and acts as a grinding agent in the gizzard to enable complete digestion of all food.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/fine-oystershell-grit-wbhe01001/"><img alt="fine oystershell grit" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Fine-Oystershell-Grit(1).jpg" /></a> 0 The Wren https://www.haiths.com/the-wren/ https://www.haiths.com/the-wren/#comments Tues, 29 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes https://www.haiths.com/the-wren/ The Wren (Troglodytes Troglodytes) is a small dumpy bird that is warm brown in colour with lighter shades of brown and cream, its wings are small and roundish and the tail is short and narrow which is sometimes cocked up vertically. The Wren (Troglodytes Troglodytes) is a small dumpy bird that is warm brown in colour with lighter shades of brown and cream, its wings are small and roundish and the tail is short and narrow which is sometimes cocked up vertically.<br/>It is also known to have a loud song which is a clear warbling sound &amp; quite remarkable for such a small bird.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Wren" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Wren(8).jpg" /></div> <br /> It is a common UK breeding bird and inhabits a wide variety of places from remote mountain tops, sea cliffs, woodland, farmland and parks; it is also a regular visitor to most gardens. It is a timid little bird that never keeps still for long and, when they venture out into the open they dart from one place to another like they&rsquo;ve misplaced something, in search of food such as spiders and insects, looking through any nook or cranny in a tree or bush to see what they can find.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/dried-mealworms-wbst01008/"><br /> <img alt="Dried Mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Dried-mealworms(10).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> A great way to attract Wrens to your garden is to feed <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/dried-mealworms-wbst01008/">dried mealworms</a></strong> which are full of wriggle-free goodness and can be fed from a bird table, ground feeder or a small dish left at the base of shrubs or bushes which is ideal for attracting a Wren&rsquo;s attention. You also might like to try our soft-foods <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/prosecto-insectivorous-wbsf01004/">Prosecto Insectivorous</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="">Golden Chorus</a></strong> which are both full of wholesome goodness and contain fruit that the birds will love.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/prosecto-insectivorous-wbsf01004/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Prosecto Insectivorous" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/prosecto(13).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Golden-Chorus(26).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> Autumn and winter are hard time of the year for our feathered friends, and as the autumn leaves start to fall the weather will turn colder, and one thing we must all remember to do is give a little extra help as they will need extra food to keep their energy levels up to stay warm.<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(69).jpg" /></a></div> 0 The natural world through a lens https://www.haiths.com/nature-and-its-surroundings/ https://www.haiths.com/nature-and-its-surroundings/#comments Tues, 29 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Simon H. King https://www.haiths.com/nature-and-its-surroundings/ I challenged my two boys to take a few photos on Sunday to see if they could capture nature and its surroundings during a family stroll into town. I challenged my two boys to take a few photos on Sunday to see if they could capture nature and its surroundings during a family stroll into town.<br/>Here&#39;s the two they shortlisted from a thirty (or so) strong camera roll:&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Lincolnshire Wolds" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Lincolnshire-Wolds-Trees.jpg" /><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Lincolnshire Wolds flowers" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Lincolnshire-Wolds-flowers.jpg" /></div> <br /> It was enjoyable to watch them dart around the Lincolnshire Wolds looking for a photo opportunity. So often we&#39;re all absorbed in what&#39;s delivered to our phones and devices; it&#39;s so easy to miss, for example, that grey squirrel sat on a decaying log - sat quietly holding fallen fruits in its paws and munching away for a moment. I wasn&#39;t quick enough to snap the squirrel, but I did spot it.<br /> <br /> My boys were appearing from hedges, kneeling down to get closer to nature, looking up, looking down and even listening to the natural world. They were disconnected for a brief moment from the connected economy and were open to the natural world of bird song and falling leaves. It was a joy to see them comparing their photos.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I invite you to take a few natural history photos with your smartphone and please share them with me if you do.<br /> <br /> Simon<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(68).jpg" /></a></div> 0 A look at 'straight' bird foods https://www.haiths.com/a-look-at-straight-bird-foods/ https://www.haiths.com/a-look-at-straight-bird-foods/#comments Tues, 29 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/a-look-at-straight-bird-foods/ Cheaper bird food mixes often contain large quantities of low-energy fillers such as wheat and milo. It's certainly worth spending a little more to avoid these cheaper fillers. Another way to avoid them is to experiment by feeding 'straight' seeds. Cheaper bird food mixes often contain large quantities of low-energy fillers such as wheat and milo. It's certainly worth spending a little more to avoid these cheaper fillers. Another way to avoid them is to experiment by feeding 'straight' seeds.<br/>These seeds don&#39;t appeal to many birds and can result in seed being wasted and discarded, which can then lead to feeding areas becoming susceptible to contamination. Pigeons and doves will, of course, feed actively on wheat; however, too much of it will see the smaller garden birds heading elsewhere to feed.<br /> <br /> The antidote to this is to experiment with high-quality seed mixes, which offer variety in size of seed and nutrition. It&#39;s often the case that variety encourages more species of birds and allows the birds to select their favourite seed offerings.<br /> <br /> Another common tactic employed by birders is to feed what we call &#39;straight&#39; seeds. Some of these are popular with gardeners because they&#39;re 100% edible and leave little or no mess.<br /> <br /> Here&#39;s four &#39;straights&#39; you could try in your garden:<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/">Sunflower Hearts</a></strong> are sensational &ndash; a high-energy seed that can be fed on their own on a bird table or placed in a tubular feeder. Taken by a wide range of garden birds you really won&#39;t find a more versatile seed.<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(58).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Nuthatch eating peanuts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/nuthatch-eating-peanuts.jpg" /></div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/">Peanuts</a></strong> have been fed to garden birds for years, and they&#39;re beneficial and straightforward to feed; they are highly attractive to wild birds and are full of calories and oils. We choose our <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/">peanuts</a></strong> for their quality, colour and size, and although their appearance changes from time to time, we always supply quality peanuts.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Peanuts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Peanuts-Premium-Quality(24).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/">Niger Seed</a> is amongst&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">our most popular selling products and we&#39;ve been supplying it since the 1930s. Niger&#39;s </span>known for its oil-rich properties in cage bird-keeping circles, and we were one of the first companies to pioneer feeding Niger seed to wild birds. This tiny black seed is beloved by <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">goldfinches</a></strong> and will have them flocking (called a &#39;charm&#39;) to your garden. A word of caution though &ndash; due to the weight and size of Niger seed, it needs to be fed from a unique feeder designed to prevent the seed from falling freely to the ground. We have loads to choose from here at <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-feeders/">Haith&#39;s</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/"></strong> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Niger Seed" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Niger-Seed(28).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Goldfinch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Goldfinch-eating-niger-seed.jpg" /></div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/">Suet</a></strong> is another winner with garden birds. Available in a variety of shapes and flavours, not many birds will be able to resist this nutritious food source, especially birds such as <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/siskin/">siskins</a></strong>, wrens and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">blackbirds</a></strong>.<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/View-our-suet-range(7).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Siskin" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Siskin(4).jpg" /></div> <br /> However, not all suet products and fat balls are created equal but rest assured ours contain high-quality fat and wholesome ingredients. <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/">Suet pellets</a></strong> are amongst the most popular and can be fed by just sprinkling on the ground or a bird table. <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/">Fat balls</a></strong> should always be given without nets, and as we sell three different types, there&#39;s plenty to choose from. To view our current range of suet goodies, follow this <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/">link</a></strong><br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"><img alt="Call to action" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(67).jpg" /></a></div> 0 Wildlife adventure with an iPhone - Update on the Buddleia bush https://www.haiths.com/wildlife-adventure-with-an-iphone-update-on-the-buddleia-bush/ https://www.haiths.com/wildlife-adventure-with-an-iphone-update-on-the-buddleia-bush/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Simon H. King https://www.haiths.com/wildlife-adventure-with-an-iphone-update-on-the-buddleia-bush/ In this week's Wildlife Adventures with an iPhone, I'd like to show you what's happened to that buddleia bush in my garden. In this week's Wildlife Adventures with an iPhone, I'd like to show you what's happened to that buddleia bush in my garden.<br/>The one that was so full of life in <a href="https://www.haiths.com/buddleia-brilliant-for-butterflies-and-bees/">this</a>&nbsp;blog.<br /> <br /> Summer&#39;s long gone, and my borders have primarily been stripped of colour. In a shady corner sits the buddleia looking a shadow of its former self. The purple fanfare that once attracted bees, butterflies and insects have given way to a much more sombre structure, which has the frame of something quite fitting for Halloween &ndash; spikey fingers and lifeless limbs! But that&#39;s a tad unkind, and the buddleia&#39;s work is arguably done (until next year).<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Buddleia Chopped" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Buddleia-chopped.jpg" /></div> <br /> Around this time each year, I take a saw to my buddleia and reduce it to a size where it can concentrate on looking after itself. Usually, I discard the wood or take it to my local recycling centre in the hope that they do recycle it.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chopped branches" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Chopped-branches.jpg" /></div> <br /> This year, I thought I&#39;d do something different and retain the wood for future use around the garden and reduce the need for bamboo canes to support new plants next spring. I&#39;ve also bundled some of the wood together to create extra space for overwintering nature.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bunched branches together" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Collected-branches.jpg" /></div> <br /> Here&#39;s my journey so far:<br /> &nbsp; <center><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8ziZtTMcKXE?rel=0" width="560"></iframe><br /> &nbsp;</center> <br /> Simon<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(66).jpg" /></a></div> 0 Latest news: An elected fellow of The Linnean Society of London https://www.haiths.com/latest-news-an-elected-fellow-of-the-linnean-society-of-london/ https://www.haiths.com/latest-news-an-elected-fellow-of-the-linnean-society-of-london/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT Simon H. King https://www.haiths.com/latest-news-an-elected-fellow-of-the-linnean-society-of-london/ Simon H King, Haith’s Associate Director has recently been elected a Fellow of The Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest active biological society. Simon H King, Haith’s Associate Director has recently been elected a Fellow of The Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest active biological society.<br/>The Society was founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith (1759&ndash;1828), who was its first President, and takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707&ndash;1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829. &ndash; <a href="https://www.linnean.org/the-society">https://www.linnean.org/the-society</a><br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Carolus Linnaeus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Carolus-Linnaeurs.jpg" /></div> <br /> The Society is a forum for Natural History: &rsquo;It was at a meeting of the Society in 1858 that papers from Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace outlining the theory of evolution by natural selection were first presented.&rsquo;<br /> <br /> &lsquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled to have been elected a Fellow,&rsquo; says Simon. &lsquo;I first visited The Linnean Society for research purposes because I was working on the Maxwell Knight project with veterinary advisor John E. Cooper and Margaret E. Cooper. Knight was a BBC natural history broadcaster and MI5 spy-handler; however, he was also an early pioneer of bird gardening and encouraged his listeners to get out there and enjoy nature and feed healthy diets. These are some of things I try to emulate in my Wildlife Adventures with an iPhone feature. It turns out that Maxwell Knight was himself a Fellow of The Society, and I&rsquo;m, therefore, proud to be following in Knight&rsquo;s, and Margaret Cooper&rsquo;s (who kindly put me forward to the ballot) footsteps.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="John and Margaret Cooper" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/John-and-Margaret-Cooper(2).jpg" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:9px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Above photo: Margaret Cooper, FLS, and Prof. John E Cooper outside The Linnean Society of London</span></div> <br /> I&rsquo;d like to thank Margaret Cooper, FLS for submitting the Certificate of Recommendation and Fellows who elected me in the ballot.<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;m looking forward to being formally admitted by signing the Roll &amp; Charter at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.<br /> <br /> Simon<br /> &nbsp; 0