At this time of the year, when there's not a lot of wild food around, our feathered friends can do with any extra help. Having a variety of foods will ensure to cater for the needs of different types of birds.
Having feeders also offers a great opportunity for bird-watching from the comfort of your own house. It is always quite exciting to see a new species come to your garden, or to see a previously lonesome bird feeding in the company of a potential mate.
Don't forget to have a source of liquid water on frosty days when most water sources might be frozen.
|A Greenfinch feasts on peanuts, a great source of fat which is particularly important in the winter.|
|One of the Goldfinches is feeding on Niger seeds, a favorite of them, while the other settles for the mixed-seed. The Tit family, such as the Great Tit and Coal Tit in the photo, love sunflower seeds.|
|A family of Sparrows retreat for a nap after a good feed|
|This family of Bullfinches came for the remain of the Blackberries. Having plants that produce edible fruits and seeds will also encourage birds to your garden.|
|Initially only one of this Lesser Redpolls was visiting the feeders, but it was later joined by another one. The two of them are now regulars.|