So, before I moved to England, I lived in Hawaii. And believe me when I say that the bird diversity in my neighborhood alone was impressive. If you read my post, Hawaiian Birding, I went over a few of the common species you can see on the island. The birds that visited my feeders in Hawaii were as followed:
- Common Myna
- Red-crested Cardinal
- Java Sparrow
- Spotted Dove
- Zebra Dove
- Northern Cardinal
- Japanese White-eye
- House Finch
- Rose-ringed Parakeets (Only once though.)
I initially started my feeding station with a small hopper feeder filled with mixed bird feed, so sunflower, millet, and corn. The basics. Then I realized that there are fruit-eating birds too! Red-crested Cardinals and Japanese White-eyes are largely fruit eaters, favoring the guava, avocado, and papaya plants growing everywhere. I improvised, providing the fallen avocado and guava, along with commissary oranges. The birds were not very picky, eating everything in a matter of about ten minutes.
Red-crested Cardinals enjoying a scatter of Kaytee Wild Bird Food.
Now, let’s move on to our feathered friends in England. I have been in England for close to two years now and have seen a number of birds I will probably never be able to see again. Here is the very long list of birds I have seen in my back garden:
- Eurasian Blue Tit
- Great Tit
- Coal Tit
- Long-tailed Tit
- European Robin
- Eurasian Blackbird
- Mistle Thrush
- Carrion Crow
- Ring-necked Pheasant
- Tawny Owl
- Collared Dove
Those are just a few of the many visitors I’ve been privileged to welcome to the yard. I try to feed a variety of seed mixes, fat balls and suet cake, along with fruit and live meal worms.
I scatter no-grow seed mix for Chaffinches, Dunnocks, doves and pigeons who prefer to feed on the ground. I set a feeding tray out so Blackbirds, Robins and larger birds like Magpie can feed on live food. For Greenfinches, Goldfinches, and Tits, I fill a seed-feeder with sunflower hearts. Goldfinches also enjoy niger seed in a special feeder with small holes so the seeds cannot escape. Blackbirds enjoy grapes and apple on a feeding tray as well. Grapes and apples should ALWAYS be cut into smaller pieces so they can properly swallow it.
Peanuts are extremely popular with Tits and Woodpeckers, and can be served in a mesh peanut feeder, or crushed and served on a bird table.
Suet cakes and fat balls are a great favorite with Tits and woodpeckers. They should be served in a cage feeder, and suet cakes can be placed on a feeding table.
Be sure to provide clean water for bathing and drinking in a shallow dish, or like myself, a kiddie pool containing a plank partially submerged in water so they may bath and drink with little effort. It’s very entertaining to watch the birds use the water.
I hope you find this post helpful and check out my last feeding post, Attracting Birds.