Winter

Winter – a time when plants and bushes are often covered in snow

The birds are dependent on a varied selection of energy-rich food from your garden feeding station  during the cold winter months, as nature’s larder is almost empty. There are not a lot of berries or fruit left on bushes and trees and the numbers of insects have also fallen drastically.

The ground is cold, hard and perhaps covered by a thick layer of snow, making it impossible for the birds to find food.

The birds’ activity level is significantly lower and you will not spot as many birds nor hear the familiar sound of birdsong. The birds are using all their energy on eating and staying warm. A small bird has a body temperature of approx. 44 degrees. Maintaining this temperature requires a great deal of energy and the bird therefore has a daily need to eat large quantities of food equal to 1/3 of its body weight in order to survive.

There is a tradition for only feeding birds when it is cold and snowing. Snow spells disaster for the birds, as it is almost impossible for them to find food on their own. But it is important to remember that the birds also have a hard time surviving during a wet, green winter.

It is crucial for the birds that you provide them with a varied selection of energy-rich food and water from your garden feeding station. During periods with frost, you can serve lukewarm water, which takes longer to freeze.

The birds are hungriest in the morning, so it is a really good idea to replenish the feeding station in the evening.

After breakfast, the birds snuggle down to stay warm. It is therefore a good idea to erect nest boxes in the garden at this time of the year as well. That way the birds have a safe resting place and grow accustomed to them before the spring.

Soon you will have many loyal feathered visitors in your garden and be able to experience the birds in a completely different way than at other times of the year. The birds’ colours stand out now that the trees and bushes are bare and have lost their greenery.