Finding the best bird food

What bird food do the birds in your garden prefer?

WHAT MAKES A GOOD BIRD MEAL?

We can provide a range of different bird foods in gardens, from natural foods such as berries and natural seeds, to bird foods which we provide, such as peanuts, sunflower hearts and fat balls. Do different birds target different sources of food? In this experiment, you’ll try and find out in your own garden!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Pen and paper
  • Birds foods – at least two so you can compare! We suggest some of the following:
    - Fruit (berries, apples, raisins)
    - Seed (sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, cereal or mixed seeds, nyger seeds)
    - Fats (suet pellets, fat balls)
    - Peanuts
    - Mealworms
  • A hanging bird feeder
  • Bird ID book and binoculars (optional)

 

YOUR STEP BY STEP SET-UP GUIDE

  1. Fill up your feeders with bird food, and if possible have a selection of feeders such as hanging feeders, a bird table, or ground feeders.
  2. Record which species you see using each type of food.
  3. You can also note which type of feeders they come to. Were they coming to hanging feeders, or getting food from the ground or a bird table

 

IF YOU WANT TO TAKE IT FURTHER

What shape beak do the birds have that come into your garden? Does this make a difference to types of food they prefer? Why not also look at their behaviour and how long they spend on the feeders? Do they linger on the feeders whilst eating, or do they get food and dart back into a bush? There are lots of bird foods that can help to attract garden birds.
 

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