Bird watching goes back centuries and one of the best ways to see a wide variety of wild birds is to encourage them into your garden. You'll be surprised how many different birds you will spot. Rare visitors like the Waxwing have ventured into gardens searching for food in the depths of Winter and if you feed Nyjer Seed bright coloured Goldfinches or Blue Tits can entertain you with their acrobatics on your bird feeder all year round.
What birds will you see?
What wild birds you will see depends on the type of garden you have and your surroundings. Even if you have no garden at all there are some bird feeders that can attach to walls and window frames that will attract wild birds.
The most common visitors to your garden are the chattering Starlings and House Sparrows; the songbirds such as Blackbirds and Song Thrushes, the friendly Blue Tits, Great Tits and Robins, cooing Collared Doves, colourful Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Chaffinches, as well as the quiet grey and brown Dunnocks and Wrens.
If you have deciduous woodland, orchards or water nearby you might see Nuthatches with their striking blue grey and orange colouring; Great Spotted Woodpeckers, tiny Treecreepers, Coal Tits and Marsh Tits and graceful Long-Tailed Tits.
During cold Winters you may be lucky enough to have Black Caps, Reed Buntings and salmon pink breasted Bramblings pop in.
Siskins are little members of the finch family and can sometimes be seen in gardens near pine forests as they love the conifer's seeds.
Gardens with neighbouring fields are visited by Fieldfares, Redwings and Mistle Thrushes.
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