Nesting Season

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Hello love birds, Valentine’s Day is here, it is also the time of year our Birds typically begin to pair up and start to house hunt. Nesting season typically takes place between March and July, this is why this week you will begin to hear the mating calls of our most popular birds as they prepare.

We can assist our feathery friends in our own gardens and provide a safe haven to raise their young this nesting season.

Popular birds and their habits

GREAT TIT

Feeding tips for your garden

Sunflower hearts

Peanuts

Mealworm

Nesting habits

In the woods the great tit is happy to make a nest in a hole in a tree, even in a gap in some rocks. For your garden the bird house should have a 28mm hole and not be placed in direct sunlight. East facing is desirable  Mesh peanut bird feeder – Three Atop

BLUE TIT

Feeding tips for your garden

Peanuts

Fat balls

Seeds

Nesting habits

The blue tit requires a north east facing nest, they begin to search out their mate in February and will then nest alone, the Blue Tit will lay 1 egg per day, up to 16 eggs. House design bird nesting box – Three Atop

CHAFFINCH

Feeding tips for your garden

Sunflower seeds and hearts

Nesting habits

Chaffinch tends to build their nests in trees and hedges using moss, grass and feathers. Not all birds will nest in a box. Small bird feeding table – Three Atop

ROBIN

Feeding tips for your garden

Sunflower hearts

Mealworms

Nesting habits

Robins are some of the earliest to start nesting in spring. Robins usually nest on or close to the ground, in log piles, hollows in tree trunks, hedges and any other tight spaces they come across.

For the garden, an open fronted bird box is desirable for our national bird Open front bird nesting box – Three Atop

WAGTAIL

Feeding tips for your garden

Finely grated cheese

Fat balls

Mealworms

Nesting habits

These Wagtails nest from mid-April onwards, choosing to nest in holes or crevices in buildings, rocks, cliff & trees. They require an open fronted box for the garden. Open front bird nesting box – Three Atop

DIY

You can make some very simple bird feeders at home as shown below by Bert who has made these to entice the birds to nest nearby in his very own bird box.

  • Pick a cardboard tube (An empty toilet paper tube is perfect)
  • Cover in peanut butter
  • Scatter bird seed on a plate
  • Roll across the plate, the seeds will stick
  • Thread string through the cardboard tube
  • Hang from a tree

Sawmill Shop – Three Atop