The holiday period gives many of us a chance to spend a little more time watching birds in the garden. There’s no better way to relax after the hectic days of Christmas and Boxing Day than to grab some food, wrap up warm and sit outside in the garden chair for a while with the binoculars.
There’s always lots of questions at this time of year over what you should and shouldn’t put out to feed garden birds though most regular garden bird feeders will just keep doing their thing in my experience.
If I know I’m going to have some time around the house to watch the garden or there is a particularly heavy cold spell forecast I always try and add a few things to my usual feeding routine. Top of the list is a bag of apples or pears, scattered about on the ground these are a great way of providing food to the local Blackbirds and just occasionally perhaps a Redwing or a Fieldfare or two. It almost always needs a good covering of snow on higher ground to drive the latter into my lowland garden though. Blackbirds appreciate a scattering of oats on the ground too (Ultiva Gold® is a great food for this with oatmeal and naked oats).