First Class Food for First Time Feeders

A lot of people are interested in bird watching and wish to venture into the rewarding world of bird feeding, but many have no idea about what bird food to provide. This article will address this common issue and will give you all the basics about the types of wild bird seed to make friends with your local birds.

First of all it’s useful to have a pretty good idea about bird seed mixtures to attract a variety of different birds. In general a good seed mixture is said to contain a lot of flaked maize, sunflower seeds and peanut granules. Birds like house sparrows, collared doves, finches, reed buntings and dunnocks are mostly attracted to small seeds like millet. Tits and greenfinches are really big fans of peanuts and sunflower seeds. Pinhead oatmeal is a great solution that many birds would love. Wheat and barley grains are often found in common seed mixtures. They are really good for ground feeding birds like pigeons, doves and pheasants. A seed mixture containing split peas, beans and dried rice are better avoided because only the large species can manage to eat them while dry. Budget food sellers add these to cheap food mixtures just for the sake of bulking it up but it simply would be a waste and here at Wild Bird Direct we definitely don’t subscribe to that approach, quality is our priority. Our supplies offer bird food packed with goodness, energy and nutrition. Take our dried mealworms for example; we believe they really are the perfect alternative to live food! Now let’s consider some other popular wild bird seed.

Black sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts are available throughout the year and are more popular than peanuts in a lot of regions. The oil content of these seeds makes them tasty, satisfying and highly beneficial in a balanced bird diet. Niger seed are tiny and black in colour and are popularly known for their very high oil content. A pin-hole feeder is required to safely and cleanly serve up this foodie treat, which you can pick up at a great price online from our seed feeder selection. Peanuts are also rich in fat and are a very popular solution among tits, greenfinches and house sparrows. Crushed peanuts could attract robins and dunnocks. Make sure however that you don’t use salted or dry roasted peanuts since these may be severely toxic to certain birds.

Food like fat balls and suet blocks are excellent cold climate foods. Foods supplied in a nylon mesh bag will need to be removed from the packaging before being serving since the soft mesh could trap and injure birds. At Wild Bird Direct we pride ourselves on the high end ingredients, not poor quality waste products, which go into making a delicious and nutritious feast for our feathered companions.

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Food Satisfaction with the Right Feeder

There are so many types of bird feeders you could find on the modern market. The choices of food  and food mixes are wide and they are made targeting the wide variety of birds. Therefore in picking the best feeder the first thing you have to consider is the types of birds you want to feed.

There are several features that make a good feeder. First of all, because the bird feeders are going to be placed in the outside environment, we have to make sure that the feeder is completely weatherproof and stable. The next thing is about keeping the seeds as dry as possible because water and moisture can quickly spoil the bird food. There is also a chance that the water may cause it to sprout. This could lead some more complications like fungal and bacterial growth. Placing the feeder in the right location is also very important and there are a number of considerations you have to make. For example, it is ideal to keep feeders at least three feet away from a windows because birds can mistakingly collide with the clear or reflective surface and cause themselves considerable harm.

Different types of wild bird seed attracts different kinds of birds. Having a number of different types of bird feeders would make it possible for you to attract a wide variety of birds. It is important that you put the proper mixes of bird food in the feeders because birds also have specific tastes, and if you offer certain seeds that the breed you wish to attract does not like they will discard the seeds and not return. Not only it would be a waste but it also would get spoiled and eventually decay making things very unpleasant.

There are several types of bird feeders which include tray platform feeders, hanging feeders, peanut feeders, suet feeders and niger seed feeders. Each of these types of bird feeders have their own advantages and disadvantages. The tray platform feeder for example could attract a lot of seed eating birds like pigeons, starlings and house sparrows. The downside is that this feeder could accumulate a lot of water and has no protection against rain or snow. Water accumulation could lead to a number of complications such as seeds sprouting or fungal growth so be vigilant and have concern for your bird visitors wellbeing. Provide fresh water and bird food to keep them healthy, happy and coming back for more!

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Symbolic Birds in your Backyard

Wild birds are used as symbols in many cultures. Some cultures symbolise wild birds as gods whereas in other cultures the birds represent love, hate, evil, good and prosperity. In the Indian culture the wild birds like eagle and crow are respected and the world over the dove is used as an international symbol of peace and friendship. Therefore birds are much related to the history and cultures of many countries.

Attracting and caging wild birds has a history that goes back several centuries. The nightingales were captured by the Chinese because they believed these birds could bring peace and harmony into their homes with their beautiful songs. Attracting birds for companionship was also quite popular since those days. Many of us have seen the pirates of those days with a parrot on the shoulder or a macaw on the arm.

There are a few interesting instances in which birds have been portrayed as tricksters and evil doers in stories. Some examples are Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and even children’s classics like the ugly duckling. Wild birds undoubtedly are included in a wider context of our lives than at first we realise.

There are several ways you could attract wild birds to your home. Of all the best ways, using wild bird food is sure to succeed. There are so many options of bird food in the market and wild bird seeds are the most popularly used bird food among the global bird feeding community. Ground feeding or feeding using special feeders, you can attract a large number of birds to your very garden. Bird watching is an immensely pleasurable and relaxing activity and your stress will melt away as you spend more time with these wonderful companions from the sky.

There are many online stores where you could buy wild bird seeds from, but it is very important to be sure about the quality of the food that you are getting. Bad food more than being a waste could be harmful to some birds. It could even lead to the death of some birds. Therefore it’s a wise choice to select quality feed from our catalogue right here at Wild Bird Direct, since we offer only the best which comply with the Bird Care Standards Association guidelines.  With the right combination of food, you will be able to attract a lot of birds to your garden. The bird food treats would be especially appreciated during harsh times like the winter and a cold spring, a time in which the birds undergo a highly difficult phase of life. So start making bird friends and take your stress away by attracting these beautiful creatures to your garden.

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What you Should Know about Feeding Wild Birds

Peanuts are one of the most popular foods for wild birds and they sure do attract a lot of garden birds. Purchasing peanuts, you have to make sure that you get them from a very reliable source because if they are at all spoilt and mouldy it could actually be fatal for the birds. Feeding the whole peanut can be harmful to very young birds; therefore during the spring and summer, you have to make sure you use a mesh peanut feeder to ensure only those birds big enough can feed safely.

Bird food, other than peanuts, comes in a variety of options. Sunflower hearts are one of them; they are healthy, nutritious and a very popular option for wild birds since they are very rich in oil and energy. Mixed wild seeds are an option but be careful of offering excessive corn and wheat feed since some birds are unable to digest it well.

Fat is another surprisingly nutritious food option for birds. There is no need to waste lumps of suets, meat trimmings, table scraps or bacon rinds as birds will be more than glad to eat them. By pouring melted fat over bread or cake, you can what bird feeders popularly refer to as “bird cake”.  With nuts, seeds, grated cheese, oatmeal and dried fruits you can add more nutritional value to bird cakes. As moulds for the bird cakes, you can use coconut shells or used yoghurt cups.

Very often bird feeders forget the importance of fruits. Fruits can attract many unseen bird species to your garden. You can cut pears, apples and lay them on the ground and wait for the beautiful birds to come and find them. It is also possible to hang half cut fruits by a thread on trees and other high places.

A grain based food like bread, cake and biscuits, you can find in your kitchen at almost any time. White bread modernly processed is not recommended for birds however wholemeal bread slightly moistened to help birds easily swallow it, is a much better choice. If the whole bread is moistened and kept on the ground then it also reduces the chance of more aggressive birds stealing and carrying it off. There are also other valuable food options for birds like oat flakes, maize flakes and puppy meal. In winter and in cold weather, you can scatter cheese underneath bushes to help bird species like Wrens that find it very hard to survive under the difficult circumstances.

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Warm and Well Fed through Winter and Spring

In winter and spring some birds change their eating habits to survive the harsh environmental conditions. Some birds that depend on insects start eating berries. Birds will keep looking hard for reliable food sources to survive the colder months. They usually form flocks during these seasons so that they have a better chance of finding food, staying warm and protection in numbers against predators. A bird’s life is not as easy as people think during the winter. In countries like North America, winter can be especially hard for birds. With a very short day time and very long and cold nights, Most of the natural food is covered with snow or damaged by frost or excess rain water; most of the insects are dead or hidden in hibernation because of the extreme weather conditions outside. It’s not only the food that is hard to find, water also becomes very scarce and the food that is required to keep the birds warm by providing them with the required energy becomes much less. With the skeletons of trees offering very limited natural evergreen for shelter, birds will be looking for safe alternatives in which to rest. The luckier ones find great shelter in bird boxes, even garden sheds and car ports that protect them from heavy rains and snow.

The main reason why birds need proper shelter is that they are warm blooded animals. This means that even with a constantly changing external temperature, they should maintain a constant internal temperature. For this it is essential that they produce a normal range of heat and try to conserve their body heat as much as possible. That’s why sometimes in a very cold environment you see birds fluffing up their feathers. This creates air pockets between their feathers that reduce heat loss and help the birds to keep warm. However maintaining a very high metabolic rate is crucial for internal body functions and heat to be sustained at a healthy level, that’s why birds are always on the look out for high energy bird food such as seeds, insects and suet.

During the winter and spring, if you are planning to feed your local or migrating birds, make sure you focus mainly on high calorie and high fat food. If you are using feeders, it would be wise to provide different options for different birds as the birds may come as flocks or individually. It’s a good idea to place the food close to a row of trees because then the birds will have perching spots on the branches above. Having a number of trees around would also give more confidence to the birds as it would create a secure cover. In the case of ground feeding the birds they would prefer an area with a very clear view of the surrounding area but which is also close enough to bshes and trees in case they need to take cover against predators. For the best wild bird food browse and buy online from our extensive catalogue offering a huge selection of seeds, dried mealworm, suet blocks, peanuts and much more

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Wild Bird Seeds and Grains

Birds have different preferences when it comes to bird food. Having many types of bird food in your garden, you can attract a large amount of birds. Bird seeds are undoubtedly the most widely used bird food today. There are so many types of bird seeds and people use them separately or in combination with several other types of seeds. Mixtures of bird food including rice, oats, rapeseed, corn and canary, that are often sold very cheaply by some stockists, are better avoided as they might harm wild birds.

So let’s talk about bird food that’s really healthy for birds. Sunflower hearts is a very common bird food. Many newcomers to the hobby of bird feeding prefer using bird seeds because for many birds, they find these seeds a delightful treat. They are high in energy and are a favourite among of a lot of seed eating birds. Woodpecker, Goldfinches, Pine Grosbeaks, Chickbeads and Grackles are among such seed eating birds.

Another popular seed is the niger seed which is also called the thistle. With its origin in Nigeria as the name would imply, these are very rich in calories, oil and energy. Birds like Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin and American Goldfinch find this niger seed preferable mainly because they are small and very easy to swallow. There is also the safflower seed which is very rich in fat and protein.

Another ingredient that is found in a lot of seed mixes is millet. Millet is a very small and round grain. This seed is therefore ideal for ground feeding birds like Sparrows and Juncos. Milo seed is reddish and round, though very cheap in price, it’s not advisable to give large amounts of these in seed mixtures; it won’t prove to be a winner dish for your feathered friends. Corn can be used as a very economical solution in feeding birds like wild turkeys, Jays and ducks.

Most bird lovers who practice bird feeding as a hobby use readily available seed mixes. We, at Wild Bird Direct, have an excellent range of top quality, great value seeds and bird food varieties available online. Simply leave them on platform feeders, on the ground or on window sills for a highly pleasurable pastime.

Always make sure that you check the ingredients list of the mixture you are purchasing to attract the right birds. If you can’t find a ready made mixture to suit, then you can make your own mixture using separate seeds. We’re here to help you make sure you give the absolute best to the birds that visit your garden.

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Wild Birds, Fruit and Nectar

Feeding fruits to wild birds is a fresh and healthy suppliment to their diet. At Wild Bird Direct we make the feeding preparation a complete cinch since we supply a fantastic range of ready mixed wild bird seed for you to simply purchase online, have it delivered for free direct to your door and start tempting birds to your garden with a spread that will be sure to satisfy! Our mixed seed assortments that contain fruit for an optimum blend and fulfilling diet for your birds include the Ground & Table Supreme, the Wild Robin and Song Bird and Superior Wild Bird Food – Husk Free (with Fruit).

We guarantee our seed is of the very best quality so your birds can eat safely and nutritiously, receiving the goodness to see them through the season and prepare for the next. With the onset of spring and breeding season your garden visitors will devour all the rich offerings you so kindly place out for them.

For a simple nectar recipe to complement your bird seed and dried mealworms, try this easy recipe; one part sugar and four parts water is all you need. Boil the water and then add sugar little by little until it’s completely dissolved.  Never use honey instead of sugar since it can go bad very quickly and cause your feeding birds to become very sick. Make sure you keep the boiler on till the end of the process. Boiling the sugary water for some time will will create a thick syrup. After that you can let it cool down. It’s not advisable to add food colouring to the bird nectar because it could be harmful to the birds. Hummingbirds do use their colour vision in locating food but still it’s better to avoid colouring. One thing you could do is place a red ribbon on the hanging feeder, table or platform as a way of catching their eye as they fly by.

Looking to tempt birds to your garden in a variety of ways? Take an apple or an orange, cut it in half and place it on a feeder. Yes, so simple and it works! Now let’s check out the other ways in which we can feed fruits to birds. Here’s something cool you can prepare; it’s called the wild bird shish kabob. You can make this nice little treat using several things, oranges, pears, apples, grapes, berries, prunes, dried fruits and with any other fruit you can find in your kitchen. Make sure the large fruits are sliced to sizes that the birds can manage. Why not give this is a try? Poke holes at the centre of each fruit piece or vegetable, thread a twine through the holes, tie a knot on one end and hang it from a tree branch. Now you can enjoy watching happy birds feasting off your delicious treat!

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A Helping Hand for the Wild Birds

Surviving through the winter is not easy for seed eating birds. Many natural food sources like weedy stubble and cereals eventually disappear with the onset of winter. It’s a harsh time and birds will fly to and fro desperate for food but find little. Farming using mixed seed crops can be an ideal solution and could create an alluring feeding ground for a lot of birds. Birds appreciate wild bird food not only in the winter but also during the months between April and October. When natural food resources are in high demand, there are a lot of birds feasting to feed themselves and their young. Sunflower seeds, oatmeal and raisins, sultanas and dried mealworms can be used to feed birds during this season. A crop field with seeds can be great for birds because it will provide the seeds for which in turn will help them to attain good breeding conditions. Other than this, the crops for which there are no broad spectrum, herbicides and have low nitrogen inputs will be able to conserve rare plant species. Using weed flora seeds in the mixture for wild bird seed crops will help preserve the plants, provided that proper amounts of nitrogen and herbicides are used.

There are fields separated by grassy strips in many fields. These areas are perfect for nesting birds because they provide ideal nesting grounds for nesting birds. Another ideal site for birds is the pastures. Savannah Sparrows and Bluebirds find great comfort in mini pastures. Attracting insects that feed on nectar of flowering weeds and crops will eventually increase the insect population in the field. As more insects are attracted to the field, they will start laying eggs. This will in turn attract a lot of birds that feed on insects and their larvae. Hoverfly is an example for an insect that feed on nectar and lays a lot of eggs throughout the field. This will also be a great help for the nearby crop fields as they will remarkably reduce the number of pests. Cereal based seed mixes during the summer can result in a rich, open crop that would create an awesome hunting environment for Grey Partridge.

Annual sowing of bird seed mixtures in the same place will cause falling seed yields. Swapping bird seed areas with pollen and nectar at least once every three years would be an ideal solution for this problem.

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Sunflower Hearts Price Crash

We have just hammered the price of Sunflower Hearts. We have just bought a full container that was due for delivery to another food company. This was cancelled for whatever reason, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time. We have managed to get this container at a fraction of the cost compared to the true market value. We are passing this huge discount direct to our customers so slicing a huge £11.50 off the normal price, so once they have gone the price will go back to our normal contracted price.
Please feel free to buy as many as you like as this offer can’t be repeated.

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Conservation Grade Wild Bird Foods Now in Stock

Conservation Grade is a collaboration of many farmers across the UK who are passionate about working alongside nature. 10% of the land is removed from food production to develop specific ranges of habitats for the wildlife on their farm. 

The farm ecology is audited with a guarantee to not just slow, but to reverse biodiversity loss. Biodiversity is the term used to describe the natural processes and the variety of life found on Earth. This includes ecosystem, genetic and cultural diversity, and the connections between these and all species. 

A specific ratio is prescribed in order to create the optimum conditions for biodiversity on the farm, these would include;

4% of land used to plant wildflowers and clover to provide pollen and nectar.
2% is plated to provide seeds for wild birds in winter and early spring using plants like Quinoa and Fodder Radish.
2% is planted with fine grasses and tussocky(tufts of grass) which provide shelter for spiders, beetles and small mammals, which also provide a food source for predators like Barn Owls.
0.5% is used as a natural regeneration area to encourage rare arable annual plants and ground nesting birds.
2% of the land can be managed by the farmer individually to promote wildlife with the use of ditches, hedges, ponds or woodland.  Also old barns can be utilised to provide nesting areas.

Conservations Grade Farms are growing two crops; one for food and one for nature therefore are putting the habitats back. Farmers create and manage specific wildlife habitats on their least productive land and since Conservation Grade Farming they have seen a 41% increase in birds and a thirty fold increase in small mammals such as water voles.

When you see the Conservation Grade logo on bags you are guaranteed that the ingredients in the product you have bought have been grown on a Conservation Grade Farm with nature in mind.

WildBirdDirect bringing you the complete wild bird care package!

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