Which Birds have More than One Brood

Lots of our favourite garden birds have suffered a decline in population in recent years, often due to changes in farming methods, pesticides, and climate change. I know that some birds have more than one brood during each mating season to try and counteract the problem; you might be surprised to discover just how many … Read more

Which Birds are Corvids

Corvid is the collective term for the oscine passerines of the Corvidae genus – to you and me, members of the crow family. Oscine passerines are songbirds that perch to roost. Globally there are over 120 species of corvid, eight of which live in the British Isles. How to recognise a corvid bird Many of … Read more

Are Kingfishers In Decline

I often wish that I lived closer to a river – or had a property grand enough to house a lake – then I would see more kingfishers. They are delightful small birds, instantly recognisable by their iridescent blue and orange plumage and long, strong beak. Although they’re one of the most admired birds to … Read more

Do Birds Talk to Each Other

I love listening to the birds in my garden almost as much as I enjoy watching and feeding them. My favourite sounds emanate from the course hedgerow early on a spring morning; it sounds alive and buzzing with bird conversation. I wonder, do birds talk to each other; are they communicating or simply showing off … Read more

Where Do Kingfishers Nest

Kingfishers are striking birds that choose to live near still or slow-flowing water where they can spend their days hunting for fish. If you think you should look upwards to spot their nest, think again. To discover where kingfishers build their nest, you should be searching down low. The common kingfisher inhabits almost all of … Read more

Which Birds Eat Mealworms

If you’re a regular reader of mine, you will already be aware that I love to feed mealworms to some of my feathered friends. In particularly, Christopher, my returning robin who eats them from the palm of my hand. I leave little piles of the wriggly little grubs out near to the house, just enough … Read more

How To Attract Kingfishers To Your Garden

There are few birds with more striking plumage than the kingfisher. Their colourful feathers are easily identifiable, and so a visit from one would stick in your memory. I haven’t been lucky enough to have a kingfisher visitor, but I think I know why. They are widespread birds across Britain but most prevalent in central … Read more

Where Do Magpies Nest

Magpies are more recognisable garden visitors, easily identified by their bold black and white plumage with shining blue wingtips. I see them regularly, each time courteously doffing my imaginary cap and wishing them good morning. I am always fascinated to find out where any birds go when they’re not around my garden, particularly in the … Read more

Do Robins Migrate

The robin is so closely associated with Christmas and snowy settings that it is easy to think that they remain in Britain throughout the year and battle to survive harsh winters. For most robins, this is true; but not all of them. In ‘Do Robins Migrate’ we discover that not all of the birds are … Read more

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