Gourmet Garden

 

 

1. ROBIN
Their melodious song and their charming personalities have endeared robin redbreasts to the British public;
in 1960 they were named the UK’s national bird. The characteristic image of a robin on a spade handle is a consequence of their highly territorial instinct. The male is simply seeking a good lookout spot!
FAVOURITE FOOD Super suet balls, mealworms, and sunflower hearts.

 

3. BLUE TIT
Blue tits are generally very common throughout Britain. There may be 3,300,000 breeding pairs in the
country. Blue tits look for their meals in tree canopies, although they do spend some time on the ground
searching for food, especially in winter.
FAVOURITE FOOD Sunflower hearts, high-energy no-mess seed mix and coconut shell treats.

 

5. CHAFFINCH
Cheerful garden visitors with their sharp, quick song, chaffinches have been known to live for up to 14 years. Males have pink cheeks and chest,
and a blue-grey nape and crown; both sexes have distinctive white flashes on their wings. During winter, European chaffinches migrate to Britain, but typically only the females.
FAVOURITE FOOD Seed feast mix, nyjer seed and high-energy suet pellets.

 

7. SONG THRUSH
Song thrushes live up to their name by singing for much of the year, though their delightfully musical calling begins in earnest in the New Year. Another whose numbers are in severe decline
(they’re on the RSPB red list), song thrushes are ground feeders and particularly partial to snails.
FAVOURITE FOOD Live mealworms, super suet and fat balls.

 

 

2. SPARROW
Numbers have plummeted in cities in recent years: London lost 75 per cent of its sparrows between 1994 and 2000, though the cause is still unknown. They are very sociable birds, often nesting in colonies. Some
have been found living 2,000ft underground in a Yorkshire mine, while others have lived their whole
lives inside warehouses!
FAVOURITE FOOD Fat balls, seed feast mix and hanging bird cakes.

 

4. GREENFINCH
Its twittering song, and flash of yellow and green as it flies, make this finch a truly colourful character. Though
numbers have dropped due to isesases, it is a regular garden visitor, able to take advantage of food in rural
and urban areas. Although quite sociable, they may
squabble at the bird table.
FAVOURITE FOOD Nyjer seed, premium peanuts, and black sunflower seeds.

 

6. WOODPECKER
A woodpecker’s tongue can be up to four inches long depending on the species, and it wraps around the skull when retracted. Many have barbed ones to extract bugs from trees and holes. Woodpeckers don’t get headaches from pecking: they have
reinforced skulls that diffuse the impact and their brains are well cushioned and protected.
FAVOURITE FOOD Super suet cakes, premium peanuts, buggy and fruit pellets.

 

8. STARLING
Smaller than blackbirds, with a short tail, pointed head and triangular wings, starlings look black at a distance but at closer range they are very glossy,
with a sheen of purples and greens. During autumn and winter, hundreds of thousands of noisy starlings come together in huge clouds, wheeling, turning and swooping in unison. You can see this fascinating sight, known as a murmuration, on nature reserves
and other sites around the UK.
FAVOURITE FOOD Insect suet pellets, sunflower hearts and dried mealworms.


BUY IT IN-STORE OR ONLINE! Keep the birds in your garden happy and healthy this winter and buy any of these foods in-store, or click here to view the range online.