Ever wondered what species of bird is visiting your garden? Well wonder no more with our handy guide and tips below. They’re great for helping you get to know wild birds. By knowing their distinct sounds and colours, wild birds will soon be easier for you to spot. And you don’t need to travel far to find wild birds, all the birds below can be found in Great British gardens! Keep your eyes open for these little bundles of joy in your garden…
A quick guide to wild birds
Starlings emit a variety of chuckles and whistles along with numerous imitations of other birdsongs. From a distance they look a dull black but up close the myriad of colours in their feathers becomes visible. They are found in gardens and carparks and their usual diet consists of insects and fruit.
The UK’s largest and commonest pigeon, the wood pigeon is mainly grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches. Although shy in the countryside it can be tame and approachable in towns and cities.
Wrens are surprisingly loud despite their tiny stature. Singing is most important at dawn, since this is when intruding males may attempt to steal territory. Wrens are Britain’s most common breeding bird, but their small size and reliance on insects mean they perish easily during prolonged periods of cold weather. They are found in woodlands and hedgerows and their usual diet consists of insects and spiders.
Robins are one of the only birds to be heard singing in the garden on Christmas day because they hold their territories all year round. Males may hold the same territory throughout their lives, and will even attack a bundle of red feathers or their own reflection if they mistake it for another individual. Their usual diet consists of worms, seeds, insects and small fruits.
Blackbirds are ground feeders pulling worms and pecking at insects and berries at the bottom of hedgerows, heaths, woodland and garden borders. Their usual diet consists of fruit, worms, berries, flaked cereals, insects. The males are all black and the females all brown except for the yellow-orange eye ring and beak.
The blue tits’ colourful plumage makes them a cheerful sight on garden feeders, although during spring and summer they mostly feed on invertebrates. They are found in woodlands, hedgerows and trees especially conifers. Their usual diet consists of insects, seeds and nuts.
Coal tits are found mainly in conifer woods and mixed forests, but also breed in parks and gardens that have suitable conifers. Coal tits take nuts and seeds from garden bird tables and cache them for later consumption. Their usual diet consists of insect, seeds, and nuts.
Goldfinches roam in flocks in search of food, and groups of 100 birds are quite common. They are found in bushes and trees and have beautiful songs for which they have historically been kept caged. Although they will eat insects, goldfinches are notoriously partial to niger seeds.
They are found in towns and villages with lots of hedges and are one of the most cosmopolitan of all birds, having lived alongside humans since the stoneage. These small, streaky-brown birds were once a very common sight in the UK but are now increasingly rare, their numbers having declined at an alarming rate over the past 25 years. Their usual diet consists of seeds, scraps and fruit.
Diminutive members of the crow family, jackdaws are renowned for their love – and often theft – of bright, shiny objects.
Magpies are famed for taking brightly coloured objects from the garden, which makes them unpopular. Occurring throughout Europe and as far south as the Mediterranean, they are sociable birds that roost together and, in spring, gather in ‘magpie parliaments’ where unpaired birds look for mates.
Our top tips for spotting birds in your garden
- Put out some food – make sure you keep the food varied to attract different breeds
- Remember to be patient – it may take time for birds to come to your garden, especially if this is the first time you’ve put out food
- Keep some binoculars handy – birds will soon fly away if you get too close, so watching from afar with some binoculars is a great idea
- Be still – if you make a noise or move around too much, birds are likely to get scared and fly away
- Keep a diary – note down the times of day, the type of bird you’re seeing and where abouts in your garden you spot them
- Take pictures if you can – they’ll help you keep track of the birds you’ve spotted
We hope this helps you spot wild birds in your garden. For all your wild bird needs, visit our wild bird range online. Good luck!