We're just giving the good folk of Nantwich a timely reminder that it is the RSPB's 'Big Garden Bird Watch' on the 30th and 31st January, 2016!
It's that time of year again where more than half a million people across the country settle down in their window or chosen location to record the nations favourite garden birds. Spending a hour watching how many birds visit your feeding area gives a vital snapshot of the general population in order to monitor increases and decreases of many species of wild birds throughout the UK.
It's a fantastic opportunity to get the young people of Nantwich interested and involved in wildlife - and it's great fun for them, too! Getting children involved in counting and recording the visitations helps to create a healthy respect and appreciation for wildlife for future generations.
Nantwich residents (and our loyal customers) regularly participate in the Big Garden Bird Watch each year and love to discuss the species frequenting their gardens and how many turn up.
There's still time to get your FREE pack or to register online - simply click here to be redirected to the RSPB's website where there is plenty of information etc. to get your up and ready to participate in a very worthy exercise.
Don't forget that Gala Wildlife can supply all your bird food and bird feeder needs for the weekend - all with our FREE LOCAL DELIVERY service. We're always happy to give advice on all your bird feeding requirements - so just drop us a line and we'll get back to you or come and visit us on Nantwich Outdoor Market.
We had a more unusual visitor to our feeding station this morning - a beautiful Redpoll turned up to feed on our sunflower hearts!
The redpoll is a small, rather dark coloured finch with a red crown. The adult has brown upper-parts with blackish streaking on its back and sides; underparts are buffish, blending into white on the belly area. The male sometimes shows a pink flushing on the breast during the spring/summer period.
The call is a 'chee-chee-chit.' The song is a distinctive, high-pitched purring trill, which can often be heard high-up whilst in flight above woodland.
Once called just a redpoll; they are now broken down into mealy redpolls, lesser redpolls, and various other races that have made identification difficult (personally, I don't worry about it and just categorise them as redpolls!).
Their population have fallen significantly in recent years, but indications are that they are recovering and once again may be a regular visitor to our gardens.
It's a lovely addition to any garden; so please keep your eyes peeled for this wonderful visitor, you may just be lucky enough to see one feeding from your bird feeders. Good luck!
Being an avid fan of feeding wild birds and other wildlife in-and-around our garden, it's always a treat when something happens by sheer chance and coincidence. And it does get much better than when that coincidence benefits other wildlife, too.
For instance - most of our feeders generally have black sunflower seeds in the tube feeder to some degree, as we know they are a great source of food for our visiting birds. However, for reasons beyond our knowing the odd sunflower seed gets redistributed in the garden by some untidy little blighter who, as yet, hasn't managed to strip the outer husk off the seed and drops it.
It's a question which crops up periodically and especially when customers are purchasing our bird food at Nantwich market. It's a good question and one I would - in principle - agree with!
I fundamentally agree with the question because in my view all garden birds should have access to an abundance of naturally occurring food sources. However, it is apparent that humans are having quite an impact on the environment and one which is negative to wildlife.
We get the occasional customer who visits us asks "what is the best mixed seed to give my garden birds?."
It's always a tricky question to answer to be honest and, one which doesn't sit comfortably with me for fear of recommending a mix which - once purchased - doesn't get consumed as well as my customer would expect.
I can give a general explanation about various seed mixes and how some species of wild birds will prefer as certain seed over another but, it really is down to your location and what your birds prefer in that area. Ultimately, the best advice I can give is to try different seed mixes to see which goes best in your locatity; or ask a neighbour what they feed and that should give you some ideas.
If you're new to feeding the birds then purchase a small packet initially and see how it goes, and what birds it attracts. But do remember -
Have you noticed an increase in wild birds visiting your garden? Do your feeders seem emptier on a more regular basis, is the pile of food you're putting on your bird table and ground vanishing before your very eyes?
It's not your imagination! The weather has now turned colder, the berries and apples etc are becoming more scarce, and insects have gone into hibernation or died off altogether due to the sudden cold spell.
Hi folks and welcome.
This is our first post on here...and to break the ice we were wondering what to start with as there is just so much we could write about. However, one thing always sticks in my mind and it was a fabulous experience that happened to me this spring!
We witnessed an unusual behaviour outside of our rear window with a Goldcrest spending a lot of time either courtship displaying or, trying to see off its own reflection (thinking it was a rival) in the glass. This display went on for quite some time when the Goldcrest was there, and it would return each day following the same ritual it had done the day before.
So engrossed in its activity was this wonderful little bird that it seemed to be totally oblivious to our presence. In fact the evidence can be seen from the picture below of just how engrossed it really was, as it used me as a vantage point with which to do its displaying! Absolutely wonderful.
Hi. I'm Phil Stokes and I'll be blogging on here about what's new and happening at Gala Wildlife. Come back for updates.