Don't Allow the Rain Spoil Your Enjoyment Feeding Your Garden Birds

This un-seasonally wet weather has introduced all kinds of issues regarding feeding garden birds, and this article will highlight some of the challenges when it rains - and some of the answers to feeding your garden birds efficiently during wet times.


The clearest difficulty as it rains is that everything gets wet!  Bird feeders, such as peanut feeders and seed feeders will become damp or drenched depending on the prevailing wind conditions and the amount of rain falling.  There are many forms of bird seed and through wet times, the very best bird seed to provide your garden birds is a free flowing large energy seed mix which will flow freely through the bird feeders even if it gets slightly damp.  The more free flowing bird seed blends tend to have fewer peanut granules inside them - so that they clog less.   To keep peanuts refreshing and tasting great it's important not to allow them stay too long at a peanut feeder.  If the peanuts are not being eaten up fast then tip the remaining peanuts out of the peanut feeder, stir them around with your bag of peanuts and then refill your peanut feeders.  This will decrease the moisture in the peanut feeders and will make the peanuts more palatable for your wild birds.

Continue to change the peanuts and the bird seed blends regularly throughout the rainy weather.  You can also use rain guards on tubular feeders.   They'll also offer some shelter to tits and greenfinches, sparrows and all the other garden birds which will perch on a tubular bird feeder.

A fantastic quality bird table with an overhanging roof will also afford protection to bird feed you place out for them.  Bird seed left on bird tables which gets wet will become mouldy and unpalatable in a short space of time - so make certain you scrape and clean your bird tables regularly during wet weather.  Remove wet food from the bird table and discard to a bin.  Don't throw on the floor.

At the time of year, many nest boxes are still full of broods being fed live foods from the adult garden birds.  Nest boxes are a great source of shelter from the rain and empty bird nest boxes can provide respite from the cold and wet.  When feeding live foods (such as mealworms and mini mealworms) provide live foods at a net type of feeder.  A net bird feeder will contain the live foods and will allow the rainwater drain away - therefore to not drown the live mealworms!

When it rains, bird baths will fill up and a bird bath is a major attraction to garden birds.   The great thing of the rain is that bird baths are continuously filled with fresh water from above making garden birds happy to enjoy water bath and refreshing drinking water.  A garden without bird bath is just like you're missing great opinion in your garden.

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