At this time of year birds have finished breeding. They often move into another area where they will spend the winter.

Birds like Blackbirds, Robins, and Song Thrushes are partial migrants, and breeding birds will probably move a small distance to the south, before being replaced by birds from northern Europe and Scandinavia. We can have Blackbirds in our gardens all the time, but they could be different blackbirds in winter and summer.

Birds like Chaffinches and Yellowhammers generally form feeding flocks on farmland in winter, and are not seen so often in gardens,

At this time of year there is a lot of food in the countryside and some birds don’t need to come to garden feeders – so even sedentary species such as Blue Tits will go to different habitats at this time of year. They only have themselves to feed as the young fledglings have grown.

[ad#125x125square]However, once the weather starts getting colder, and natural food supplies get less, birds such as tits and finches will move back and start to take food from garden bird feeders.

So it may be that the loss of birds in the garden could be that birds are simply changing their habits at the end of the breeding season


The above is a reply to a question a reader wrote asking about the loss of birds feeding in her garden. Click the link below to read the question


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