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Our Top Ten Bird Table Visitors

Thursday, 8th September 2016

Read this blog for tips and advice to attract birds to your garden. Also take a look at our top ten bird table visitors.
For many people, the traditional way to feed wild bird food is on a bird table. It doesn’t have to be a fancy affair – a basic tray on a wooden pole is sufficient, a roof is not essential but would keep off the worst of any rain. If you are making a DIY bird table, however, don’t forget to drill a few holes for drainage

Siting your table is the important part, away from the hot sun and driving winds and at least 6ft away from cover. Birds will appreciate a few convenient staging posts (places to land and then approach the bird table) on their way to and from the table as they are constantly on the lookout for predators.

Bird tables are at their most popular between October and April and here we list our top ten favourite visitors.
 
Blue Tit

Blue Tits will come to a bird table or feeding station for almost anything but especially wheat, seeds, nuts and insects.
 
Robin

Although Robins will feed freely in open undergrowth they are a very enthusiastic bird-tabler and are very fond of mealworms, seeds and oats. Our favourite for Robins has to be either Mealworm Crumble or Fat Robin’s bird food.
 
Starling

Not a favourite of everyone, the gregarious Starling is a very active bird and will come to your bird table for kitchen scraps, vegetables and food of almost any kind (it has Red Status as its population is in decline).
 
House Sparrow

Another tough customer at the bird table is the House Sparrow- it will especially eat cereal based foods like corn and seeds, but will also waste a great deal as it sifts and selects its favourite seeds. Try feeding mealworms as an alternative.
 
Greenfinch

Greenfinches will come to a bird table - especially for sunflowers - but put up a peanut feeder and it will appear where not previously seen and may also attract a similar looking bird called a Siskin.
 
Great Tit

A very photogenic bird, the Great Tit will come freely to a bird table looking for peanuts, hemp, suet and cheese. Here’s something interesting the Great Tit has been known to attack and eat bees! (source: Tony Soper- The Bird Table Book)
 
Chaffinch

The Chaffinch is known to be a tame bird and keen bird-tabler. Try feeding berries and seed but they do love bird puddings so any kind of suet product should be eagerly taken. Choose Golden Chorus as it’s bursting with fruits and scrummy soft foods.
 
Collard Dove
 
Now found throughout the UK, the Collared Dove will come freely to a table looking for seed, peas and grain but will also visit a ground feeding tray looking for scraps. Food of choice, our Original Wild Bird Food.
 
Dunnock

Dunnocks can usually be found foraging on the ground among dead leaves but will visit a bird table in search of biscuits and seeds. Lentils are also a favourite of the Dunnock. Try Huskfree Advance or Premium Wild Bird Food.
 
Black Bird

The Blackbird usually searches amongst dead leaves looking for insects (which it will steal from a Song Thrush) but it will come freely to a bird table for suet, apples and berries. Did you know the Blackbird is actually a member of the thrush family? Try Golden Chorus or Prosecto.
 
Goldfinch

Last but not least here at the Bird Food Centre one of our ultimate favourites is the Goldfinch. It is increasingly common at the bird table especially for Niger seed, teazle, hempseed and – of course- sunflower hearts - however the hemp has to be cracked for them as their beaks are not as strong as other finches.

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