Haith's Wildlife Blog https://www.haiths.com/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.haiths.com/ en hourly 1 Birds do it, bees do it... https://www.haiths.com/birds-do-it-bees-do-it/ https://www.haiths.com/birds-do-it-bees-do-it/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Simon H. King https://www.haiths.com/birds-do-it-bees-do-it/ When Ella Fitzgerald used her 'impeccable diction' to smoothly announce that 'birds do it, bees do it...' she probably wasn't thinking about this wildlife video I shot on my iPhone; however, isn't it just the bee's knees? When Ella Fitzgerald used her 'impeccable diction' to smoothly announce that 'birds do it, bees do it...' she probably wasn't thinking about this wildlife video I shot on my iPhone; however, isn't it just the bee's knees?<br/><center style="text-align: center;"><br /> <iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/70dsJUKuDBQ?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></center> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> I hope you won&#39;t mind me sharing this intimate and rarely seen moment involving two bumblebees mating. After all, the world needs more Bumblebees.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I&#39;ve been helping people connect with nature for almost twenty years, but I&#39;ve never seen mating bumblebees and I have my pet cockapoo to thank as he noticed them first.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> My dog&#39;s more observant than me and he&#39;s always on the lookout for anything that could potentially pilfer one of his bones (which includes in his mind, anything larger than a fly). What on earth was he staring at?! As I got closer, I could immediately see. I didn&#39;t know whether to cover his eyes - it all seemed a little intrusive. All I could think about was Frankie Howerd saying &#39;Oo, er, missus!&#39; Should I walk away, I thought, or&hellip; should I share it with Haith&#39;s blog readers?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Luckily, I had my iPhone primed and ready to record because this past weekend I was in search of wildlife to film, and that&#39;s what I was doing (filming nature) when I left the relative safety of the kitchen in search of something cool to record for this week&#39;s blog. I&#39;d just enjoyed a successful attempt at attaching my iPhone to a bird feeder and filmed <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/wildlife-adventures-with-an-iphone/"><span style="color:#000000;">this</span></a></strong>. It was then that I noticed Bertie, my dog, engrossed in something at ground level - something a little smaller and (clearing throat) more intimate. I think the video speaks for itself, but its most important message is perhaps that we&#39;re all so busy with the daily routine that we forget, or don&#39;t even notice, how truly amazing nature is.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RPerSEvP4Y">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RPerSEvP4Y</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/large-insect-hotel/"><br /> <img alt="Insect hotel" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Large-insect-hotel(1).jpg" /></a> 0 Wildlife adventures with an iPhone https://www.haiths.com/wildlife-adventures-with-an-iphone/ https://www.haiths.com/wildlife-adventures-with-an-iphone/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Simon H. King https://www.haiths.com/wildlife-adventures-with-an-iphone/ This weekend I thought I'd take time out for nature and see what I can capture on my trusty iPhone. I went in search of something a little off beat because I've shared oh so many photos over the years. If only I could find something a little different to film... This weekend I thought I'd take time out for nature and see what I can capture on my trusty iPhone. I went in search of something a little off beat because I've shared oh so many photos over the years. If only I could find something a little different to film...<br/>I shared this thought with my wife.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &#39;I have an idea,&#39; she said. &#39;Why don&#39;t you connect your iPhone to a bird feeder and see what you can film?&#39;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &#39;My iPhone?&#39;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &lsquo;The thing always in your hand!&rsquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I decided not to bite. &#39;How?&#39;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &#39;I don&#39;t know - be inventive! Use a rubber band.&#39;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It was such a simple idea that I was momentarily lost for words. It couldn&#39;t be that simple, could it? Surely not. I must have drifted off because the next thing I knew I&#39;d been hit on the back of the head with an elastic band. I&#39;d heard that unmistakable &#39;twang&#39; - that unforgettable noise indoctrinated from school days and tomfoolery in the playground (which I imagine is probably &#39;illegal&#39; today along with conkers and walking above 5mph).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once I&#39;d taken my revenge with a wet dishcloth, I set about attaching my iPhone to the bird feeder. The birds took an instant dislike to me stopping them feeding for a few moments. Such impatience, I thought to myself - but that&#39;s what happens when you&#39;re feeding <a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/">Haith&#39;s&nbsp;<strong>sunflower hearts</a></strong> (the birds know when they&#39;re onto a good thing).<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(45).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> My first attempt was comic cuts - but I guess it was my own fault for securing the iPhone initially to the base of the bird feeder. Forgive me, but I have never seen so many bird bums in my life! If there&#39;s a student out there writing a thesis on bird bums - let me know, I have just the recording for you.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Phone attached to feeder 1" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/How-to-attach-phone-to-feeder-1.jpg" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="Phone attached to feeder 2" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/How-to-attach-phone-to-feeder-2(1).jpg" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="Phone attached to feeder 3" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/How-to-attach-phone-to-feeder-3.jpg" /></div> &nbsp; <center style="text-align: center;"><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4eu7uU-dAB8?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></center> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> My wife appeared from the kitchen window (I knew what was coming). &#39;Call me old fashioned&rsquo; she said &lsquo;but don&#39;t you think it would be nicer to be able to see the birds faces as they feed?&#39; I&#39;m too much of a gentleman to share what I said at this point, but suffice to say my wife closed the window pretty fast.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once again, however, she was correct and all my best work originates from the present Mrs King.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Anyway, enough talk as this is the video the iPhone was invented for when Steve Jobs (Apple) gave that famous talk on stage wearing that Beatles black polo jumper, he was thinking about me securing my iPhone to a bird feeder using a rubber band courtesy, of the Post Office. He didn&#39;t know that at the time, of course, but I hope he&#39;ll watch this from up on high and feel his work was worth it. <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <center><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0cL4-1qBDqQ?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></center> 0 Britain's Top 10 Most Common Garden Birds https://www.haiths.com/britains-top-10-most-common-garden-birds/ https://www.haiths.com/britains-top-10-most-common-garden-birds/#comments Thurs, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Haith's https://www.haiths.com/britains-top-10-most-common-garden-birds/ Half a million garden birders took part in this year’s annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch survey. The results are in, but they only tell half the story... Half a million garden birders took part in this year’s annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch survey. The results are in, but they only tell half the story...<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/shop-by-bird/"></div> <img alt="Bird Montage" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Bird-Montage(2).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> We were looking forward to seeing the survey results as the mild winter has presented new feeding opportunities to wild birds. The survey results come with a bit of a health warning however, as, at a glance, they disguise the true fluctuations in bird species populations.<br /> <br /> For example, the third most common garden bird is our suet &amp; mealworm loving friend the <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/starling/">Starling</a></strong>. He may be common in gardens but he still features on the &ldquo;red list&rdquo; - because the population of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/starling/">Starlings</a></strong> has fallen by over 84% since 1979 (Source: RSPB).<br /> <br /> Whilst <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blue-tit/">Blue Tits</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">Goldfinches</a></strong> &amp; <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/great-spotted-woodpecker/">Great Spotted Woodpeckers</a></strong> appear to be thriving in British gardens, the <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">Robin</a> </strong>continues its sad decline on the top 10 most common garden bird list, and is now in tenth position. The falling population of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">Robins</a></strong> is a subject that&rsquo;s infrequently discussed - perhaps partly down to the fact that we focus on them being territorial and therefore only expect to see one or two (at best) in our gardens. The RSPB survey reminds us, though, that Robin populations have fallen by over 45% since 1979 (Source: RSPB).<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/house-sparrow/">The House Sparrow</a></strong> is now our most common garden bird; however, once again, its population has declined by over 62% since 1979. We therefore need to read the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch survey thinking about the bigger picture - which is that birds still need our help! However common they might (on the face of it) appear.<br /> <br /> Our concern (as a bird-feeding community) is for all garden birds and the best way we (Haith&rsquo;s) can support nature conservation is by providing the cleanest, safest high-quality bird food we can &ndash; direct from The Bird Food Centre in Lincolnshire.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/browse-our-brochure-online/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Online catalogue" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Online-catalogue-click-to-view(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> We&rsquo;re pleased that there appears to have been a deluge of more &ldquo;natural&rdquo; food available for wild birds due to the mild winter weather and we hope that means more birds will make it through to the breeding season! Time will tell, though, as sudden frosts may still present a challenge to garden birds as the mild temperatures may have triggered off earlier than usual breeding behaviour. Whatever the weather we can make life easier by providing high-quality, clean and nutritious foods.<br /> <br /> Here are the top ten common birds. We&rsquo;ve added a small piece about each and you can read more and find out what they eat by clicking on the link.<br /> &nbsp; <center><span style="font-size:18px;"><b><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">10. Robin</a></u></b></span><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/"><br /> <img alt="Robin" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Robin(15).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/"><br /> <img alt="Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Golden-chorus(16).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/prosecto-insectivorous-wbsf01004/"><br /> <img alt="Prosecto Insectivorous" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Prosecto-Insectivorous(6).jpg" /></a></center> <br /> The Robin is a common favourite with most people and one of the easiest to recognise. It has a bright red breast, face, throat and cheeks edged with grey, has a white belly and brown upper parts. The juvenile Robin has speckled brown upper parts and has no red feathers. In the winter they are joined by immigrants from Scandinavia and Europe, which are slightly paler than our... <u><strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">[More]</a></strong></u><br /> &nbsp; <center><span style="font-size:18px;"><b><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/collared-dove/">9. Collared Dove</a></u></b></span><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/collared-dove/"><br /> <img alt="Collared Dove" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Collared-dove(1).jpg" /></a></center> <br /> Easily identified by its fawn colouration with brown flight feathers, it has a narrow black collar around the nape but which is absent in juvenile birds. <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/collared-dove/">The Collared Dove</a></strong> has only been breeding in Britain since 1955 where it had spread its range from the Balkans. It can now be found throughout the country except in very hilly areas and is especially associated... <u><strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/collared-dove/">[More]</a></strong></u> <div style="text-align: center;"><u><strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/premium-wheat-free-wild-bird-food/"></strong></u><br /> <img alt="Premium wild bird food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Premium-Wild-Bird-Food(11).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/"><br /> <img alt="Original Wild bird food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Original-Wild-Bird(1).jpg" /></a></div> <center style="text-align: center;"><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;"><b><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/great-tit/">8. Great Tit</a></u></b></span><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/great-tit/"><br /> <img alt="Great Tit" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Great-tit(2).jpg" /></a></center> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/"><br /> <img alt="Peanuts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Premium-peanuts(4).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/black-sunflower/"><br /> <img alt="Black sunflower" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Black-sunflower.jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The range of the <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/great-tit/">Great Tit</a></strong> extends from Britain in the west through Europe and Asia as far as Java and the Lesser Sundas in Indonesia. The British race is recognised by its glossy black crown and pure white cheeks with a black band down the centre of its yellow under parts. The race in the...<b> </b><u><strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/great-tit/">[More]</a></strong></u><br /> &nbsp;</div> <center style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><b><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">7. Goldfinch</a></u></b></span><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/"><br /> <img alt="Goldfinch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Goldfinch(11).jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</center> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/"><br /> <img alt="Niger Seed" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Niger-Seed(18).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch-and-siskin-mix/"><br /> <img alt="Goldfinch and Siskin Mix" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Goldfinch-and-siskin-Mix(6).jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">Goldfinch</a></strong> is recognised from its bright red face, which contrasts strongly with the black and white head and yellow wing bars. Its mantle and flanks are a pale russet brown and under parts whitish. The flight feathers and tail are...<strong> <u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">[More]</a></u></strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <center style="text-align: center;"><b><u><span style="font-size:18px;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/chaffinch/">6. Chaffinch</a></span><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/chaffinch/"></u></b><br /> <img alt="Chaffinch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Chaffinch(6).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/black-sunflower/"><br /> <img alt="Black sunflower" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Black-sunflower(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/"><br /> <img alt="Sunflower Hearts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sunflower-hearts(47).jpg" /></a></center> <center style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</center> <div>Many of these will be Continental migrants that have come to Britain to escape the bitter European winters and will return as springtime approaches. Others may be those displaced from their previous feeding areas on stubble fields. When we examine our... <strong><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/chaffinch/">[More]</a></u></strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <center style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><b><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/woodpigeon/">5. Woodpigeon</a></u></b></span><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/woodpigeon/"></center> <center style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Woodpigeon" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Wood-pigeon(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/"></center> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Wild bird food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Original-Wild-Bird(2).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/garden-pheasant-mix/"><br /> <img alt="Garden Pheasant" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Garden-Pheasant-Mix.jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The Woodpigeon is the most widespread of Britain&#39;s pigeons and considered a pest by many farmers for the damage it creates to agricultural crops. It will even mix with Feral Pigeons right into city centres exploiting almost anything offered in the form of seed or... <strong><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/woodpigeon/">[More]</a></u></strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <center style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><b><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">4. Blackbird</a></u></b></span><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/"><br /> <img alt="Blackbird" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Blackbird(9).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/"><br /> <img alt="Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Golden-chorus(17).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/huskfree-advance-with-dried-mealworms/"><br /> <img alt="Huskfree Advance with Dried Mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Huskfree-advance-with-dried-mealworms(1).jpg" /></a></center> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div>The Blackbird is a member of the thrush family and is found throughout the British Isles, mainly in town parks and gardens. The <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">Blackbird&rsquo;s</a></strong> phrases are widely varied and rarely repeated. However, its alarm notes are loud and persistent if there are any... <u><strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">[More]</a></strong></u><br /> &nbsp;</div> <center style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><b><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/starling/">3. Starling</a></u></b></span><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/starling/"><br /> <img alt="Starling" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Starling(6).jpg" /></a></center> <center style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/"><br /> <img alt="Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Golden-chorus(18).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/premium-wheat-free-wild-bird-food/"><br /> <img alt="Wild Bird food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Premium-Wild-Bird-Food(12).jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</center> <div>Britain&#39;s Starling population was once considered to be of pest proportions but it is no coincidence that it has become quite rare since drastic changes have taken place in farming practice. Habitually, the <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/starling/">Starling</a></strong> once depended on feeding from stubble... <u><strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/starling/">[More]</a></strong></u><br /> &nbsp;</div> <center style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><b><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blue-tit/">2. Blue Tit</a></u></b></span><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/blue-tit/"><br /> <img alt="Blue Tit" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Blue-tit(7).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/"></center> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Golden-chorus(19).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/"><br /> <img alt="Sunflower Hearts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sunflower-hearts(48).jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>This small acrobatic species is easily identified, as it is the only British bird with a blue crown. It is a common (but always welcome) garden bird coming to bird tables and hanging feeders of all descriptions. It is very fond of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/">peanuts</a></strong> and fat balls and at one... <u><strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blue-tit/">[More]</a></strong></u><br /> &nbsp;</div> <center style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><b><u><a href="https://www.haiths.com/house-sparrow/">1. House Sparrow</a></u></b></span><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/house-sparrow/"></center> <center style="text-align: center;"><img alt="House Sparrow" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/House-sparrow(5).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/"></center> <center style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Wild Bird food Original" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Original-Wild-Bird(3).jpg" /></a><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/premium-wheat-free-wild-bird-food/"><br /> <img alt="Premium Wild Bird food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Premium-Wild-Bird-Food(13).jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</center> <div>This is another species that has declined catastrophically in the last few years and is now completely missing from areas where it was once the most common species around. Formerly, it exploited anywhere it could find spilled grain and was therefore commonly seen in large...<b> </b><a href="https://www.haiths.com/house-sparrow/">[More]</a></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(27).jpg" /></a></div> 0 Bird food without wheat https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-without-wheat/ https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-without-wheat/#comments Tues, 02 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/bird-food-without-wheat/ There’s no doubt about it, some birds just love wheat; pigeons, pheasants, jays, crows, and magpies are the kind of wild bird (the bigger birds) that will visit your garden if wheat is on offer and can empty a feeder faster than you can BBQ a sausage on a sunny day. There’s no doubt about it, some birds just love wheat; pigeons, pheasants, jays, crows, and magpies are the kind of wild bird (the bigger birds) that will visit your garden if wheat is on offer and can empty a feeder faster than you can BBQ a sausage on a sunny day.<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pheasants" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Pheasans.jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> We understand fully that everything needs to be fed, which is why we offer a full range of bird foods - we even have softfoods for the tiny <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/wren/">Wren</a></strong>; however, one of the questions we often get asked at Haith&rsquo;s is, what items do we sell that don&rsquo;t contain wheat? More often than not that&#39;s because pigeons are consuming more than their fair share of bird food at feeding stations.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> However, when we dig a little deeper - it&#39;s not that our customers begrudge feeding pigeons, it&#39;s normally that our customers worry that their smaller garden birds aren&#39;t getting fed when larger birds are scoffing the lot! But don&rsquo;t worry we have you covered&hellip;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/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(10).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/premium-wheat-free-wild-bird-food/">Premium Wild Bird Food</a></strong> includes oil-rich, high-energy Black Sunflower and millet making it especially popular when fed from seed feeders where it can also attract finches, tits and hopefully lots of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/house-sparrow/">House Sparrows</a></strong> as their numbers have declined by nearly 71% since 1977, according to BTO statistics. What it does NOT include, is wheat. Consider this mix a staple diet and supplement it, if possible, with one or two other seeds and foods to provide extra energy and protein.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="House Sparrow" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/House-sparrow(3).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> For example, one of our most popular products is <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/sunflower-hearts/">Sunflower Hearts</a></strong>. Ours are typically grown as close to home as possible, and herald from European seeds, unlike many other sunflower hearts on the market, which could come from as far away as South America, China and North America.<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(46).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/pinhead-oatmeal-wbst01012/">Pinhead Oatmeal</a></strong> is great for smaller birds and packed with protein. Popular with many garden birds, it can be fed on its own or mixed with other seeds.<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(18).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> Another favourite is <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/">peanuts</a></strong> as these are unwelcome by the pigeon! Ours are always premium quality; peanuts remain one of the simplest and most beneficial ways to feed birds in your garden. High in calories and oils, and highly attractive to wild birds they are chosen - as far as Haith&#39;s is concerned - for their quality, colour, and variety.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Choosing the right bird food for your garden birds can be hit and miss but you can easily add suet or dried mealworms to give that energy boost too, so please don&rsquo;t despair &ndash; we always have options for you and your birds to try.<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(53).jpg" /></a></div> 0 The Siskin https://www.haiths.com/the-siskin/ https://www.haiths.com/the-siskin/#comments Tues, 02 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes https://www.haiths.com/the-siskin/ The Siskin (Spinus spinus) is a small passerine bird and is part of the finch family (Fringillidae). It is a lively little finch that has a distinctly forked tail and a long narrow bill. The Siskin (Spinus spinus) is a small passerine bird and is part of the finch family (Fringillidae). It is a lively little finch that has a distinctly forked tail and a long narrow bill.<br/>They have a greenish coloured plumage, streaked dark brown to black, the male having brighter and darker colouration with a black forehead and chin patch also there are yellow patches in the wings and tail. Females and juveniles are duller with more streaking.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Siskin" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Siskin(3).jpg" /></div> &nbsp;<br /> This is a relatively a common bird and can be found in conifer woods, mixed woodlands, and sometimes they even visit our gardens. They can often be seen in flocks among the trees making a sweet twittering sound which makes a very pleasant sight.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/siskin/">Siskin</a> </strong>numbers can vary depending on seed production and as the seed from spruce trees dries up they turn to alder and birch seeds, and according to the BTO, coniferous forests were not well surveyed before the 1990s and so the long term trend in the Siskin population is not well known; however, it appears that their numbers may certainly have decreased in recent years.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> They breed mainly in the UK and during the winter time birds also arrive from Europe. In the New Year, the Siskin population increases in numbers, and in the spring they may move away from our gardens and go back to their breeding areas. They will, however, return to gardens regularly even during the breeding season.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Siskins are seed eaters, and they search mainly for cone seeds. They may enjoy <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/">peanuts</a></strong> and other small seeds as are provided in <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/">Haith&#39;s Original Wild Bird Food</a></strong> since the 1960s - it&#39;s a great value, low-cost, still super- clean and safe for birds seed mix and is ideal for feeding on a ground feeder, bird table or tube-type bird seed feeders.<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(17).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> Siskins are rather fond of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/">Niger seed</a></strong> - a tiny black seed that&#39;s also popular with <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">Goldfinches</a></strong>. Indeed we like to think we blend the ultimate mix to attract Siskins and Goldfinches to the bird feeder, it is our <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch-and-siskin-mix/">Goldfinch &amp; Siskin mix</a></strong> (aptly named!) which is a very special blend of small oil-rich seeds enriched with natural calcium-rich seeds for healthier birds.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Niger seed" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Niger-Seed(17).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(5).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> Siskins may not visit our gardens very often, but if they do they are an absolute delight to see.<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(52).jpg" /></a></div> 0 Make a splash - invest in a bird bath https://www.haiths.com/bird-baths-for-garden-birds/ https://www.haiths.com/bird-baths-for-garden-birds/#comments Tues, 02 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT Simon H. King https://www.haiths.com/bird-baths-for-garden-birds/ Bird baths promote bird life and they’re the simplest of things to administer: just add… Bird baths promote bird life and they’re the simplest of things to administer: just add…<br/>Peckham Springs, Council Pop, Mile and a Quarter, whatever you call it there&rsquo;s nothing quite like it... water.<br /> <br /> Providing fresh drinking and bathing water for birds daily is the way to help keep birds healthy and it costs practically nothing. In return we get to watch them at their bath time best &ndash; splashing, drinking and preening. What a way to spend the day. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/hanging-bird-bath-with-decorative-birds/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Hanging bird bath with decorative birds" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Hanging-bird-bath-with-decorative-birds.jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> This is definitely something one can get the children or grandchildren involved with this coming spring; however, birders are often surprised when I remind them that birds are always in search of fresh drinking and bathing water &ndash; even during winter.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bamboo-fibre-hanging-bird-bath/"><br /> <img alt="Bamboo Fibre Hanging Bird Bath" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Bamboo-Fibre.jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you haven&rsquo;t already got a<strong> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-baths/">bird bath</a></strong>, go out and get one. Please! If not, then use a shallow dish/plate and make sure you make filling it part of your daily regime. Clean it regularly, too, and you&rsquo;ll soon be awash with happy birds. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The two main reasons birds need clean water is of course for drinking and bathing. Fresh drinking water is more important for some species as the weather affects the supply of their preferred foods; for example, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">Blackbirds</a></strong> would ideally feed earthworms to their young to provide moisture, but dry weather is likely to mean they may be more reliant on the bird foods we put out, such as soft foods. This type of food is absolutely fine for both adult and fledgling, in fact it&rsquo;s very close to their natural diet, but it doesn&rsquo;t of course provide the level of moisture found in natural foods such as earthworms.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Birds bathe to keep clean and also to keep their feathers in good condition. A few species &ndash; <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/starling/">Starling</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blogt_hspa/">House Sparrow</a></strong> for example &ndash; like to bathe in groups. It&rsquo;s a great spectacle to see groups of birds trying to take a bath at the same time.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-baths/"><br /> <img alt="Click to buy bird baths" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Bird-Baths.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp; 0