It’s easy to go out and buy a bird feeder and bird food but it’s even more fun getting the whole family together and making them yourself. Get your creative juices flowing and remember bird feeders aren’t just for winter, although these are priority months, the birds will be grateful if you provide food all year round, plus it’s great watching the wildlife enjoying your homemade snacks.
According to the RSPB, dawn and dusk are key times of the day to ensure that fresh food is available, especially during the winter months. As well as providing food for our wildlife, providing them water is just as important.
What Do Birds Eat?
Mealworms Live mealworms are highly nutritious for birds as they are loaded with protein which provide them with essential energy. This is especially important during the spring months when parents are feeding their growing chicks.
If you don’t like the sound of live mealworms, don’t worry, you can buy dried mealworms, just soak them in water before you put them out. This provides the birds with essential moisture.
Fruits The high water content in fruits are beneficial for birds and the simple sugars provide great energy. The best fruits are those such as apples, pears and plums, simple leave on the bird table and enjoy watching robins, blackbirds and thrushes feast on these treats.
Peanuts Peanuts are high in essential fats and are a good source of protein. Remember to crush them up because if a parent gives a whole nut to a chick it could choke them.
Sunflower Seeds These little powerhouse seeds are great as they are rich in unsaturated fats and protein which is essential for development.
Coconut You can buy a whole coconut, cut it in half and hang it up. Once the coconut meat has been eaten the shell makes a great container for homemade treats.
Avoid dried coconut as this can cause their stomachs to bloat which will make them very ill.