When you think of birds that migrate, the swallow is often one that springs to mind first. But as the last of our summer visitors head for southern Europe or Africa for a warmer winter, there are new arrivals incoming.
Birds like this redwing are flooding into the UK from Scandinavia and further east, hoping to find food and a kinder climate. Redwings usually spend most of their time on farmland, where they can search for worms in the fields and grab berries from the hedges, and in woodland. But if you're really lucky, you could see them in your garden.
This fabulous photo was taken by Nigel Blake and is part of our RSPB Images library.
Cold. That’s what those in the know are forecasting this weekend.
But don’t despair. The cold weather could bring more birds to your garden – woo hoo! So this weekend, why don’t you make sure that your feeders are cleaned out, topped up and ready to rock?
What, when and how
With the cold weather forecast, your garden birds will be looking for somewhere with a reliable food source, to help them through a cold spell. This is where we come in.
We’ve got loads of advice on our website about what, when and how to feed our garden birds, including tips on hygiene.
Now’s a great time to make sure that your feeders are cleaned out and in sparkling condition for winter. I know my last blog post encouraged not tidying, but feeders and bird tables are something that really do need cleaning. Mine certainly does!
If you fancy adding a feeder or two, or filling up on top quality seed, then why not visit one of our reserve shops, and experience the wonder of autumn at the same time. Alternatively, it’s all available online.
How many feeders to you have in your garden? Is there any foods the birds just love, or hate? Have you any top tips? Leave a comment below...
I don't know about you, but I've noticed a lot more of these little fellows about recently. Including one that seems to think it's great idea to spin its web across the entrance to my garden!
There's nothing to be scared of however, let's just look at the beauty of this great snap of a garden spider by Sue Kennedy.
It's one of thousands on RSPB Images, have a browse and find one to inspire you.