These days, we have all been privileged to see and be impressed by life inside the nest box. We know that it is the chicks that are barely moving that are in danger. It might by illness, or it might be hunger or even starvation. It is the ones that get the food that are the survivors. The responsibility is with the parents. Every daylight minute they must search for food, feed the young and then find more. Now and again, they must also feed themselves or one another. Depending on the weather and other factors, natural food may be scarce. A shortage of caterpillars, a drought that bakes the earth so that worms are inaccessible. They may well need or even rely on extra help. From us.
Even as summer merges into early autumn the need is still there. You may think you have “lost” some of your garden regulars, but they are only hiding. Feathers that have become battered and broken need replacing. They need to moult the old and grow new ones. Healthy food means healthy feathers. Neat and new when they reappear in the garden.
Summer is the busiest time, and it may not be over yet. Just when the frantic family rearing seems a thing of the past, some couples decide to have second broods!